Careers in Gerontology


  • Instructor in senior center
  • Instructor of gerontology or geriatric medicine


  • Industrial gerontologist
  • Specialist in pre-retirement planning


  • Administrator/case worker/intake worker for Social Security, Medicate etc.


  • Manager of public/private residential community

Legal Aid/Protective Service

  • Benefits/rights specialist in public agencies
  • Case manager/guardian
  • Lawyer/paralegal

Medical Service

  • Home health aide
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Nursing home ombudsperson
  • Physical therapist
  • Social worker/counselor in nursing home
  • Speech-hearing pathologist

Mental Health

  • Coordinator/specialist for day care program
  • Psychiatric social worker
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist


  • Dietitian
  • Instructor of nutrition

Product/Service Consumption

  • Financial planning consultant
  • Travel agent/tour guide

Recreation/Social Activities

  • Activities specialist
  • Senior center director

Please note this is only a partial list of careers. For additional possible careers and information on the field of gerontology check the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. This career list was prepared by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.