​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

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

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Recreational therapist$42,280 per year13% (2,700 more jobs)
Nurse practitioner$96,460 per year31% (47,600 more jobs)
Health services manager$88,580 per year23% (73,300 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the Human Development and Family Studies website or contact:

Department of Human Environmental Studies
EHS Building 228
Email: hevdept@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3218