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Geriatrics and Gerontology Degree Programs

Earn a Geriatrics and Gerontology degree from an accredited school

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the healthcare industry will produce 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry, largely due to rapid growth in the elderly population. With an aging population, organizations are finding it more and more necessary to employ workers with expertise in geriatrics, including geriatric nurses, home health aides, and social workers. Current healthcare professionals can update their skills and increase their earning potential by learning more about providing care for aging clients.

A variety of undergraduate and graduate programs offer specialized training to those looking to get a job or advance their career in the healthcare industry. A Master's Degree in Gerontology can provide an inclusive look at the impact of aging on individuals, families, and communities. Students will study the biological, epidemiological, psychological, and social changes caused by the aging process; cultural and social attitudes toward the aging; care and services that promote productive aging; multigenerational relationships; and the impact of an aging demographic on public policy.

Graduates may be prepared for jobs in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities as well as nonprofit organizations, and public agencies in management, education, and research positions.

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