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Take a Gerontology Class, Give Your Resume a Boost!

July 12, 2021

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Taking one or more classes in Gerontology can give your resume a boost! As an added benefit, many introductory classes can also count toward your GE requirements for an associate’s degree.

There is an ever-growing need for workers across all industries who can relate to diverse, older adults and meet them with individualized and holistic care aimed at prolonging independence, health, and joy. A labor market analysis of our area has found a rapidly increasing demand for educated employees in many fields who are sensitive to the needs of elders. 

The recent career data suggests that pairing a Gerontology course or an Associate Degree with your other career goals may be a huge advantage in your future. As the population in our region ages, growth in careers that focus on the needs of elders is expected to grow by 24% (compared to a 5% average growth for other areas). Entrepreneurs may find opportunities to provide niche services and goods for various older adult lifestyles such as cooking, yoga, and service delivery. 

From health-related careers like personal training, physical therapy, nursing, and dental hygiene to more pleasure related industries like restaurants, movie theaters, and resorts, most if not all industries are making note that applicants with even a small amount of training in Gerontology make better employees and are in a better position to be hired.  

Here is a listing of some of the careers that are actively seeking employees with Gerontology in desired coursework and/or experience:

Gerontology Careers
Position Title Aligned Occupation California Median Salary
Advocate Social and Human Service Assistants $40,950
Caseworker* Social Workers, All Other* $73,110
Community Coordinator* Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other* $52,070
Family Support Worker* Child, Family, and School Social Worker* $52,440
Home Based Assistant Home Health Aide $29,230
Program Specialist Eligibility Interviewer $56,220
Mental Health Technician Psychiatric Technician $60,400
Outreach Specialist* Social and Community Service Managers* $72,050
Social Services Assistant Social and Human Service Assistant $40,950
Social Work Associate Social and Human Service Assistant $40,950
Human Service Assistant Social and Human Service Assistant $40,950
Eligibility Interviewer Eligibility Interviewer $56,220

*= requires a 4-year degree

Video: Gerontology at Sacramento City College [1:19]

Taking one or more classes in Gerontology can give your resume a boost! As an added benefit, many introductory classes can also count toward your GE requirements for an associate’s degree.

Pursue a Gerontology Degree or Certificate

If you want to pursue an associate’s degree or certificate in Gerontology, SCC’s program provides an overview of the biological, physiological, psychological, and sociological factors involved in aging. You will be able to apply this knowledge within a variety of careers to better serve and care for our aging population. If your goal is to transfer, several universities including Sacramento State offer a gerontology program. Make sure to connect with the SCC Transfer Center or your counselor to set up your education plan for transfer. 

How do I get started?

  • Apply to Sacramento City College
  • Join us in an introductory gerontology class (many of our introductory classes can count toward your GE requirements - talk to a counselor for guidance)
  • Let us know you are interested in learning more about the program!

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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.