Notes from What Can I Do With a Minor in Gerontology?
Presented October 22, 2002 by Sara Qualls
4 Industries graduates are working in:
- Currently there are many jobs similar to physical therapy and occupational therapy that don't require degrees beyond a BA/BS
- Health promotion
- Working in senior apts. or assisted living facilities
- Becoming a house manager
- Activities director
- Social Work in nursing homes a BSW isn't required
- Marketing to families
- Administrators (requires state certification)
- Administering funds for Meals on Wheels, Silver Key, etc.
- The private sector is now providing services to children of the elderly, where companies might look in on an individual once a month and take them to appointments
- Becoming court appointed guardians
- Family mediation for guardianship
Skills a graduate would obtain:
- Planning/organizing programs
- How organizations function
$17,000 - $25,000 starting up to $50,000
The regular minor for certification best serves a student currently enrolled as an undergrad. There's another 2 semester evening certification program that's best for people who are already in the profession but want more training.