Looking to launch or expand your career while working to enhance the lives of the aging?

Innerbody.com reports a very positive outlook for gerontology careers, and with an aging population this positive outlook is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Professional gerontologists may work in a variety of settings that include the following:

  • Community, human service and religious organizations
  • Healthcare and long-term care institutions
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies, including the aging network (the system of service delivery to older persons established by a federal law entitled the Older American Act)
  • Retirement communities
  • Academic and other educational and research settings
  • Professional organizations
  • Business and industry

Innerbody.com also reports that the earnings of gerontologists vary widely, depending on discipline, experience level and geographic location. Average yearly salaries in the profession of gerontology range between $53,000 and $80,000, while new professionals start between $42,000 and $66,000. Experienced gerontologists can expect to earn a minimum yearly salary of $64,000.

Concordia University – Chicago offers master’s and doctoral degree programs that are 100% online and guides students with top practices of gerontological education, exploration, and exercise.

Classes start every eight weeks and consist of 18 students to make your experience more amiable while studying at Concordia University Chicago.

Let’s explore some of the opportunities that come after.

Social Welfare

Social workers focus on operating and overseeing individuals’ problems. With a degree in gerontology, you can specialize in accommodating the patients who are older, along with their families.

 Social Worker | Care Manager | Social Services Advocate


Human Services

Nursing and home health aides provide help for those who are physically or mentally ill or injured. Work forces such as hospitals, nursing homes, mental health facilities, and the patients’ place of residence, supply this type of guidance.

 Senior Center Director | Director of Client Care | Resident Service Coordinator


Health Wellness OR Medical Management OR Health Maintenance

Health care professional’s top priority is to enhance or conserve the health of those who are ill, disabled, or injured. A degree in gerontology will enable you to have instruction on the aspects of the older community.

Client Care Coordinator | Occupational Care Therapist | Dementia Care Specialist


Social Research

Social science is the study of individuals in society and their social relationships between people and groups. Get a degree in gerontology and you will be authorized to analyze the relationship between growing older and how that affects the way of life.

Master Level Human Services| Activities Manager | Program Coordinator 


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What Our Students Are Saying

  • I selected Concordia University Chicago specifically for their online gerontology program. It has allowed me flexibility in my professional work with elders and my family obligations, while pursuing this degree. This program and the support I have received in this program, has truly challenged me and prepared me to be a leader in the field of aging and as a social scientist. While I am not on a traditional academia track, I strongly believe that the skills and knowledge I have gained in this program will set me apart within long-term services and supports organizations.

    Michelle Olson PhD Gerontology
  • When I started the gerontology program, I thought I had an idea of what gerontology was about. After taking classes and interacting with my instructors and and classmates, I learned that there was a great deal more to know about the field. I have been working and interacting with various colleagues at other universities with regards to gerontology and I am confident when I speak to them and have been able to inform them with regards to theories practices and policies thanks to the gerontology department at Concordia University Chicago

    Marcus Wolfe, Sr PhD Gerontology