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By the middle of the 21st century, 1 in 5 Americans will be over 65. Approximately 15 to 18 million people will be over the age of 85. Students of the online gerontology graduate program will discover ample opportunities for work in the field of aging.

This booming field needs professionals who are well-versed in both gerontology and geriatrics. The program’s specialty tracks are designed to prepare you for a successful career.

  • Geriatric Care Management
  • Geropsychology
  • Gero Nursing

Stimulating and Challenging Work Environments

Aging is a diverse field, and working with the aging population requires a dynamic approach. People working in aging report great satisfaction in addressing the challenges of those who are growing older.

The experiences, needs, resources, and abilities are different for the elderly. These varying factors contribute to the field of aging offering stimulating and challenging work environments. Professionals will have a direct opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the elderly, no matter the career path they choose.

Professionals will work in a variety of environments, including community and service organizations, long-term care, hospitals, academic settings, and research organizations. The varied needs of older demographics can also lead to exciting opportunities working with professionals from other disciplines.

Students specializing in Geriatric Care Management play a vital role in lives of aging adults. Professionals in this field are seen as advocates of care for both the elderly and their families. This track teaches students how to apply health, social, and psychological methods to improve quality of living and foster independence for the elderly.

Career Outlook

The growing population of aging people continues to create a strong demand for careers in geriatric care management. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects opportunities to grow by more than 35%. The median income for cares in geriatric care management range from approximately $44,200 up to $94,500 annually.

Recommended Careers

  • Assisted living directors
  • Elder law attorneys
  • Eldercare specialists
  • Nursing Directors
  • Social workers

Geropsychology is critical area of study for professionals in the field of aging. Understanding the unique impact age has on psychological and behavioral challenges is a primary area of focus for students specializing in this track. Students will be trained to recognize normal cognitive aging to geriatric-related diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. They’ll also learn strong foundations in psychological assessment, causes of poor mental health, and how to deliver effective solutions and care for individuals.

Career Outlook

The demand for qualified professionals in geropsychology is crucial, as the aging population is expected to more than double in the coming decades. Students in this field will have a variety of career options, and can anticipate working in dynamic, challenging environments. Psychologists specializing in geropsychology see a boost in salary, with the median annual income jumping from $66,810 to $89,900.

Recommended Careers

  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Professor

Nurses in any discipline are always found on the frontlines of patient care. Students specializing in gero nursing learn essential skills relevant to the unique physical and psychological needs of the elderly. This track will equip graduates with the tools necessary to become leaders in the gero nursing field. Students will be able to assess clinical outcomes, create personalized recommendations, and coordinate successful care plans for aging adults.

Career Outlook

Nurses, along with other aging professionals, help ease patients through the transition of growing old. With the population of aging adults expected to rise, the demand for work in this field will only grow higher. Geriatric nurses work in a number of environments, including hospitals, private homes and long-term care facilities with an approximate median income of $65,470. Nurses choosing this specialty will have exciting opportunities in leadership, and gain additional exposure working side-by-side with professionals from other disciplines.

Recommended Careers

  • Nursing Directors
  • Care unit coordinators
  • Assisted living directors
  • Registered Nurse
  • Gerontologists

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