Gerontologists know all about what it means to grow old. They help tailor goods, services and public policy to better meet the needs of the elderly. With many career options, gerontology is an emerging field. Elderly Americans represent one of the fastest growing segments of our population. Their social, emotional and health needs are greater than ever. Gerontologists meet these needs by working in existing fields, such as psychology, social work, dietetics, medicine, or even law and business; and also by working in newly developing nontraditional fields.
Salary Range: $24,619 – $82,108
Salary Notes: Salary levels vary in relation to work setting and level of education. The median wage is $42,480.
Where you can study:
Community College of Rhode Island , Warwick, RI
Gateway Community College , New Haven, CT
Naugatuck Valley Community College , Waterbury, CT
North Shore Community College , Danvers, MA
Southern Connecticut State University , New Haven, CT
Southern New Hampshire University , Manchester, NH
University of Massachusetts Boston , Boston, MA
Where you might work:
– Academic and Research Settings – Business and Industry – Educational Institutions – Health Care and Long Term Care Institutions – Senior Citizen Centers and Retirement Communities
Job Outlook: As the size of the American elderly population grows, the demand for people with expertise in gerontology will increase faster than the average for all other occupations..
Education, Licensing and Certification: High school course work should focus on college-prep classes, including math, science, and humanities. After high school, a minor or certificate in Gerontology can be combined with a major in any number of fields. The length of training in those majors is entirely dependent upon the area of study. Gerontology course work or a certificate can also be incorporated into a master’s degree. There are currently no licensing or registration requirements in Vermont for gerontologists.
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education  202-289-9806
The Gerontological Society of America  202-842-1275