Healthcare, Medical & Nursing - Gerontology
If you want to spend your career assisting and caring for our most vulnerable populations--the sick, disabled, and elderly-- a degree in Gerontology leading to opportunities in home healthcare, senior centers, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes may be the right for you.
Types of Degrees
Gerontology students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). Master's degrees in Gerontology typically lead to high-level healthcare management positions while associate and bachelor's degrees in this industry usually lead to more entry-level positions.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Gerontology Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Gerontology include:
- Nursing Assistant/Orderlies
- Home Health Aide
- Social and Human Service Assistant
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Social and Human Service Assistants was $35,060 in 2019 (1) while Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides earned a median salary of $25,280 in 2019. (2)
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.
Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.