Why Study Aging?

The unprecedented growth of the older population has created a demand for well-trained specialists with knowledge and expertise in the field of Aging that surpass the proficiency level generally gained from one's primary discipline.

Expanded career opportunities in gerontology and geriatrics are forecasted for many disciplines and professions. Whether you are interested in advertising, technology, medicine, pharmacy, sports science, dentistry, nursing, public service, or other fields, a background in gerontology can increase your skill set and help you market yourself.

So, consider completing a Master of Science or Minor program in Aging Studies before applying to medical school, law school, or other advanced degree programs.

For more reasons to pursue the study of Aging Studies, download this fact sheet.

To find out how our alumni are using their Gerontology Master of Science degrees, please visit our Alumni page.


"For the first time in U.S. history adults are projected to outnumber children by 2035."- U.S. Census Bureau, 2018



Professionals in the field of aging work in a variety of settings. These include:

  • community and human services organizations;
  • health care and long-term care institutions;
  • federal, state, and local government agencies;
  • academic and other educational and research settings;
  • professional organizations; and,
  • business and industry

Some professional work directly with older persons. Their activities may include:

  • developing programs;
  • providing direct care in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, or through adult day care or home care programs

Settings for Gerontology Specialists

  • Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies
  • Nursing & Residential Care Facilities
  • Marketing Enterprises
  • Community & Social Services Agencies
  • Retirement Communities
  • Research Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Product Research & Development Firms