Career Opportunities

Multidisciplinary Opportunities

The varied needs of older persons lead to exciting opportunities for working side by side with professionals from other disciplines. A service provider may coordinate information from housing agencies, lawyers, transportation providers, nurses, and family counselors. A health professional might serve on a health care team providing hospital care, day care, or home care to older persons. An educator might teach a course on work and retirement to students from several university departments. A researcher might study the relationships between the maintenance of friendship networks and the mental and physical health of older persons.

Why Study Aging and Older Adults

Aging affects all of usnot only as individuals, but also as a society. Populations are aging worldwide. People are living longer, and the number of older persons is increasing. People born today can expect to live beyond their 75th year. By the middle of the 21st century, one in five Americans will be over 65, and there will be 15 to 18 million persons over the age of 85.
These growth trends will result in a demand for professionals with knowledge and expertise in aging. Expanded career opportunities in gerontology and geriatrics are forecast in many disciplines and professions. The field of aging is very diverse, offering many different employment opportunities. Here are some examples:

  • Architect
  • Engineer
  • Elder Law
  • Interior Design
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Assisted Living
  • Home Security
  • Career Planning
  • Physical Therapy
  • Human Resources
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Psychologist
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Home Safety Auditor
  • Volunteer Management
  • Health care management
  • Communal Living Coordinator

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