Are you ready to catch the Age Wave? Gerontology, the study of aging, prepares students to enter a wide range of careers with a special understanding of the needs of older adults. By 2030, one in five Americans will be over age 65 and by 2050, our population of older adults with nearly double! This radical change in our population will impact how we provide services, the products we purchase, and how we train our workforce. In fact, career opportunities in aging are not limited to elder care. We need experts in business, technology, design, law, healthcare, counseling, and nearly any field that involves the community and working with people. Chances are, that includes you!
Gerontology is "interdisciplinary" in nature, meaning that it incorporates principles from many disciplines, including psychology, sociology, healthcare, and even biology in order to understand what it's like to experience aging across the lifespan. As a result, our students are able to weave their training and understanding of aging into a wide variety of interesting and innovative careers. The possibilities for professionals with experience in aging are not limited to direct service jobs as well. Think beyond the traditional scope of careers in both clinical and non-clinical settings, and consider the scope of possibilities. Imagine being an environmental designer with a certificate in Gerontology. You could design the perfect age-friendly community that would benefit residents of all ages. Nurses and social workers with specialist aging knowledge are in demand, as are finance and business experts who can understand retirement planning and protect older adults against financial abuse. The possibilities are endless, and YOU can make a difference with gerontological training!
Gerontologists are professionals who have trained to work with older adults at a variety of levels. Training in the field of aging occurs at the certificate, associate of arts/sciences, bachelors, masters or doctorate levels, through a range of academic pathways. At each of these levels of training, the goal of the Gerontologist is to use their specialized knowledge, research, and experience toward improved quality of life, and the general well-being of older adults. Opportunities for affecting social change and improving quality of care, increasing awareness of the issues of aging exist everywhere - in our own families, our communities, and our society.
Gerontology prepares students for new careers in a wide range of specializations. As an interdisciplinary field, Gerontology incorporates research on aging in psychology, physiology, and sociology as well as public policy and social ethics. Gerontology courses provide short-term training for immediate employment and may also lead to a Community Caregiver certificate, a certificate in Gerontology, or an Associate in Science degree in Gerontology. Gerontology is increasingly important in professions such as medicine, law, architecture, mental health, and social work. Transfer students will find Gerontology courses at more than 15 California universities.