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Careers in Aging

Learn about careers in aging through these resources. Click through to explore.

Grabinski, C. J. (2014) 101+ Careers in Gerontology. New York, NY: Springer
"How do you know if a career in gerontology is right for you? What opportunities exist in the field? ...The book describes five emerging gerontology-related fields, updates already existing job profiles including salary scales, and includes many new careers and their education requirements. New interviews are replete with advice and job search tips. Surprising additions to the list of career profiles include financial planner for elders, custom clothier, health coach, social or cultural historian, travel/tourism specialist, senior theater director, and many others."

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)
Established in 1974, AGHE is a membership organization of colleges and universities that offer education, training, and research programs in the field of aging. AGHE provides several resources where you can learn more about careers in aging - including Careers in Aging, a database of resources that also contains information on the annual Careers in Aging Week, and AgeWork, a database of current job offerings.

Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
Established in 1960, GSA's Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization (ESPO) provides students with opportunities to be actively involved in the field of gerontology.
Also visit: https://www.geron.org/career-center

ESPO Resources

American Psychological Association (APA) Office on Aging and Committee on Aging (CONA)
"The goal of CONA is to advance psychology as a science and profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare by ensuring that older adults, especially the growing numbers of older women and minorities, receive the attention of the Association". CONA has developed a variety of resources which provide information about a range of aging topics and career paths (e.g., fact sheets, guides, articles, etc.).

Exploring Careers in Aging
"The purpose of this website is to provide relevant and varied resources to facilitate the exploration process for those interested in a career in aging. It is a completely non-commercial enterprise, and with the exception of specific job titles relating to private sector employment in the field of aging, it is our practice not to include for-profit listings."

Careers in Social Work and Aging
Sponsored by John A. Hartford Foundation and the Geriatric Social Work Initiative, this brochure gives you a picture of the range of opportunities in the field of aging and social work.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook
This publication released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information about the employment outlook, work  environment, and median salary for a variety of career paths, including careers related to aging.

Institute in Gerontology, University of Georgia
This website offers an "at-a-glance" overview of the ever-growing fields and specialties in the aging profession, along with links to a variety of careers in aging resources.

Reports on Careers in Aging

Learn About Careers in Aging (pdf)
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education

Life Plan for the Life Span (pdf)
American Psychological Association

It's Your Future (pdf)
APA Office on Aging

Careers in Professional Geropsychology (PowerPoint)
APA Professional Geropsychology

Experience Exciting Careers in Social Work and Aging (pdf)
John A. Hartford Foundation