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Possible Gerontology career opportunities may include but are not limited to:

  • Advocate
  • Caseworker
  • Community Coordinator
  • Family Support Worker
  • Home Based Assistant
  • Program Specialist
  • Outreach Specialist
  • Social Services Assistant
  • Social Work Associate
  • Human Service Assistant


There is an ever-growing need for workers in all industries who can relate to diverse older adults and meet them with individualized, respectful, and holistic care aimed at prolonging independence, health, and joy. Most industries are reporting an increased need for employees who are sensitive to the needs of elders.

Major Industries

Gerontology majors enter careers in:

  • education
  • insurance
  • government
  • business/ administration/ management
  • information technology
  • accounting
  • marketing
  • customer service
  • and more

In each industry, a background in gerontology provides unique perspectives about meeting the needs of elders. As the population in our region ages, growth in careers that focus on the needs of elders are expected to grow by 24% (compared to an average of 5% growth for other areas). Entrepreneurs may find opportunities to provide niche services and goods for various older adult lifestyles - cooking, yoga, service delivery, etc.

Gerontology Subindustries

  • Nursing Homes
  • Community Centers
  • City/County Offices Social Advocacy Groups
  • Employment Services
  • Retirement Centers
  • Medical Facilities
  • Individual/Family Services
  • Outpatient Services

Gerontology Salary Data


Jessica Coppola, Ph.D
Program Lead
Phone: (530) 747-5219


Davis Center, DCS 133
1720 Jade Street
Davis, CA 95616