What Can I Do with a Major in Gerontology?

As a social science, Gerontology focuses on the social construction, meaning, and implications of the aging experience in a social context. Social gerontology integrates knowledge from anthropology, business, demography, economics, ethics, health, history, human development, law, philosophy, psychology, sociology, political science, and social policy, among other disciplines.

Gerontology majors*:

  • develop skills in aging research
  • have advocacy skills
  • acquire skills through an internship

Most graduates pursue careers and/or advanced degrees in an aging-related field. Because of the ever-increasing population of older persons, there will continue to be a great need for individuals trained in gerontology.

Continued increases in numbers, proportion, and life expectancy of the older population will have an impact on the entire population and all of our social institutions. Because of these demographic changes, individuals with gerontological expertise will have employment opportunities both within the traditional aging network (such as government agencies and health- and housing-related services) and beyond (in business and industry).

Graduates who are employed in applied settings direct plan, implement and evaluate services; develop policy; administer programs; and conduct research. Gerontology graduates work in social service, community, and government agencies; in advocacy and research organizations; in business/industry; and in various housing and care settings.

Career options for Gerontology graduates include**:
  • research associate
  • health system specialist
  • agency director for non-profit and government organizations
  • nursing home administrator

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Gerontology majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Gerontology majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.