The aging baby-boomer generation has made gerontology a compelling and much-needed field of study. A gerontology minor enhances almost any major. From psychology to health and biology, sociology through human development and family studies, you’ll learn to work with older adults. The Gerontology Club and Care, Share, Connect are student organizations through which you’ll find rewarding work with older adults in the community, including teaching them to use technology.
Put Your Degree to Work
In addition to the three occupations listed below, there are a variety of career options in gerontology, including advocate, direct service provider, educator/trainer, manager/administrator, marketer and product developer, program planner and evaluator, and researcher. For more information, check out the book
101 Careers in Gerontology by lifelong gerontologist Joanne Grabinski.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Recreational therapist||$42,280 per year||13% (2,700 more jobs)|
|Nurse practitioner||$96,460 per year||31% (47,600 more jobs)|
|Health services manager||$88,580 per year||23% (73,300 more jobs)|