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Gerontology

Overview

Sacramento City College Gerontology

The Gerontology program at Sacramento City College will provide students with an overview of the biological, physiological, psychological, and sociological factors involved in aging. Students will be able to apply this knowledge within a variety of careers to better serve and care for our aging population. Students who are planning to continue their study in gerontology by transferring to a four-year college should consult the “Requirements for Transfer Institutions” section of this catalog. Consultation with a Sacramento City College counselor is also advised.

How do I know if this major is for me?

  • You enjoy working with diverse groups of people
  • You want to provide service to an aging population
  • You want to build relationships with members of a community
  • You are detail orientated and can keep accurate records
  • You are interested in developing recreation and wellness programs
  • You like to provide information and support to others

How do I get started?

  • Start taking introductory gerontology classes
  • Job shadow and network with professionals in positions you wish to obtain in the future
  • Volunteer at nursing facilities or community events
  • Obtain CPR card

Career Options

Possible 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

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.

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.

Here are a few examples:

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

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.

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.

Here are a few examples:

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

Salary Data

What annual salary can I earn with this Certificate and/or Associate Degree?

California Median Salaries
Position Title Salary
Advocate $40,950
Caseworker* $73,110
Community Coordinator* $52,070
Family Support Worker* $52,440
Home Based Assistant $29,230
Program Specialist $56,220
Mental Health Technician $60,400
Outreach Specialist* $72,050
Social Services Assistant $40,950
Social Work Associate $40,950
Human Service Assistant $40,950
Eligibility Interviewer $56,220

Positions and occupations marked with an asterisk (*) typically require a four-year degree for entry-level work.