The gerontology program can prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are already in high demand due to the rapid growth of America’s aging population. The population of people who are 65-years-old and older will reach an estimated 83.7 million by 2050, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s nearly double what it was in 2012. This field has grown increasingly important in professions such as medicine, law, architecture, mental health and social work. You can use your knowledge to work in residential care facilities, adult day care and home care. Community caregivers can provide care to people with dementia or others who need non-medical personal care. The Caregiving Essentials Certificate of Completion provides students with foundational skills needed to serve as an informal caregiver of family members and/or other older adults. Nurses, social workers and administrators of care facilities also earn continuing education units through the program.