Careers & Skills
People are aging at a rapid rate around the world. In a few years, people age 65 and older are expected to outnumber young children for the first time in human history. Because of these demographic shifts, there is a growing demand for professionals with expertise in aging in just about every field.
Careers in Aging Services
Our graduates pursue fulfilling careers working with the fastest growing segment of the population, adults age 65 or older.
The number of gerontology-related job postings has increased 75% since 2005 according to analysis from Indeed.com.
Our award-winning Frank J. Manning Certificate Program is well-suited for students interested in careers to improve the quality-of-care and quality-of-life for older adults, to conduct research, to develop social and public policy, or to advocate to improve the growing network of age-related programs and services.
The curriculum provides students with a foundational framework that prepares them to:
- Understand trends affecting the quality of life for aging populations
- Utilize the existing network of major health and social welfare programs and services available for the aged
- Advocate effectively and influence the decision makers
- Act as administrators in the planning and delivery of health and social services of older people
- Perform friendly visitations to frail older adults in order to examine the role of an effective helper, and the structure of purposeful relationships
- Hone your research skills
- Make a difference!
These learning outcomes are consistent with the following core competency goals defined by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education:
- Relate psychological theories and science to understanding adaptation, stability and change in aging.
- Relate social theories and science of aging to understanding heterogeneity, inequality and context of aging.
- Distinguish factors related to aging outcomes, both intrinsic and contextual, through critical thinking and empirical research.
- Develop a gerontological perspective through knowledge and self-reflection.
- Adhere to ethical principles to guide work with and on behalf of older persons.
- Engage, through effective communication older persons, their families and the community, in personal and public issues in aging.
- Engage collaboratively with others to promote integrated approaches to aging
- Promote quality of life and positive social environment for older persons.