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
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 while
Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides earned a median salary of $24,060 in 2019.1
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.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Human Service Assistants,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-and-human-service-assistants.htm (visited June 18, 2020).