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101+ Careers in Gerontology, Second Edition

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101+ Careers in Gerontology, Second Edition

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Author: C. Joanne Grabinski MA, ABD, FAGHE


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101+ Careers is rich with useful information. I highly recommend the book for any student, emerging, or re-careering professional exploring their options for a career in gerontology and the resources they may need to go about pursuing it.

Jarmin Yeh, Institute for Health and Aging and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco
American Society on Aging Blog

Describes a wealth of diverse career opportunities in gerontology and how to prepare for them

How do you know if a career in gerontology is right for you? What opportunities exist in the field? Completely updated to reflect significant changes to policy and management of resources, the second edition of 101 Careers in Gerontology provides a wealth of helpful and timely guidance in this rapidly growing field. Written for all levels of job seekers ranging from community college students to credential-seeking professionals, the book outlines a multitude of opportunities that dovetail with careers ranging from sociologist and home care agency administrator to architect and documentary filmmaker. Interviews with practitioners provide insight into job particulars and the experience of starting out with a degree versus on-the-job learning.

The book describes five emerging gerontology-related fields, updates already existing job profiles including salary scales, and includes many new careers and their education requirements. New interviews are replete with advice and job search tips. Surprising additions to the list of career profiles include financial planner for elders, custom clothier, health coach, social or cultural historian, travel/tourism specialist, senior theater director, and many others. This second edition encompasses career changes and opportunities resulting from the newly created Administration for Community Living, and those influenced by policy changes in Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Also new to the second edition are lists of gerontology professional organizations that can be helpful career search resources and links to professional organizations and other websites specific to each career profile.

Changes to the Second Edition Include:

  • Many new careers and their education requirements
  • Updated job profiles including salary scales
  • A description of three types of gerontology career pathsand how to prepare for them
  • Coverage of such emerging fields as entrepreneurial gerontology, global aging, journalism and aging, and urban gerontology
  • Career changes resulting from policy changes in relevant government agencies
  • Lists of professional organizations and websites specific to each career profile
  • 13 new interviews and 12 interviews updated from first edition
  • Information about national, international, and local gerontology organizations including student and new professional member sections
  • Updated and expanded glossary of acronyms

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 09, 2014
  • Page Count 300
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826120083
  • EISBN 9780826120090

Table of Contents 

Title Page

Table of Contents


About the Author




What is gerontology?

What created the interest in gerontology as a field of study and as a profession?

Factors that influence availability of career positions in the field of aging

What is a gerontologist?

What types of jobs are available in gerontology?

Where do gerontological specialists and gerontologists work?

Credentialing of gerontology professionals

Let your search begin!



Adult Day Services Coordinator


Alzheimer’s Association State Chapter Executive Director

Applied Sociologist

Clinical Sociologist


An Interview with Andrew Lee Alden, Living Environments Studio Director,

Architecture Firm Studio

Art Therapist


An Interview with Kathleen M. Sawhill, Doctor of Audiology

Career and Employment Counselor

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPs)

Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CPG)

Consultant or Senior Care Pharmacist

An Interview with Mary Scott, Certified Geriatric Pharmacist & Consultant Pharmacist

Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) Administrator

Long-Term Care Facility Administrator
County Commission on Aging Director

An Interview with Criag Zeese, County Commission on Aging Director

Dance/Movement Therapist (DMT)

Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT)

Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT)

Drama Therapist

Registered Drama Therapist (RDT)

Board Certified Trainer (BCT)

Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (DRS)

Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS)

Educational Gerontologist

Gerontology Educator

An Interview with Michael Faber, Gerontology Educator, Higher Education: Community College

An Interview with Lisa M. Curch, Educational Gerontologist, Higher Education:


Elder Law Attorney

Certified Elder Law Attorney

Elder Care Attorney

An Interview with Roxanne J. Chang, Elder Care Attorney & Counselor

Entrepreneurial Gerontology: An Emerging Field

Entrepreneurial Gerontologist

Gerontological Entrepreneur

An Interview with Ryan Duffy, Entrepreneurial Gerontologist, and Owner/President,

Fitness & Wellness Business

An Interview with Sonya Barsness, Entrepreneurial Gerontologist
Executive Director, Area Agency on Aging

An Interview with Robert C. Schlueter, Executive Director, AAA

Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) Coordinator

Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) Director


Development Director

Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)

Professional Geriatric Care Manager (PCGM)

Certified Geriatric Care Manager (C-GCM)

Fellow Certified Geriatric Care Manager

Geriatric Dentist


An Interview with Elizabeth Eckstrom, Geriatrician & Director of Geriatrics

Gerontechnology: An Emerging Field



Human Factors Engineer

An Interview with Jennifer Davidson, Human Computer Interaction PhD Candidate

Gerontological/Geriatric Optometrist

Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialist

An Interview with John E. Kaminski, Doctor of Optometry

Gerontological Nurse

Gerontological Nurse Specialist

Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

Global Aging: An Emerging Field

Global Aging Specialist

An Interview with Alan DeLaTorre, Foundation Director of Operation and Urban


Grant Writer

Health System Specialist

An Interview with Trina Sauceda, Health System Specialist, Veterans Affairs

Home Care Agency Administrator

An Interview with Qiu (Cho), Quanhong, Executive Director, Home Care Company

Horticultural Therapist

Horticultural Therapist-Registered (HTR)

An Interview with Kirk Hines, Horticultural Therapist-Registered

In-Home Services Program Director, County Commission on Aging

Intergenerational Specialist

Journalism and Aging: An Emerging Field


Multimedia Journalist

Documentary Filmmaker

An Interview with Shoelace Haas, Filmmaker and Multimedia Journalist

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)


Family Mediator

Elder Care Mediator

An Interview with Susan J. Butterwick, Mediator, Mediator Trainer and Attorney

Music Therapist

Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC)

An Interview with Jennifer D. Geiger, Music Therapist-Board Certified

Occupational Therapist (OT)

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

An Interview with Bryanne A. Chew, Traveling Occupational Therapist

Professional Geropsychologist

Geriatric Psychiatrist

Registered Financial Gerontologist (RFG)

An Interview with Rosanne Roge, Registered Financial Gerontologist, Certified

Financial Planner and Certified Senior Advisor


Research Associate

Research Assistant

An Interview with Abbe Lackmeyer, Business Intelligence Analyst

Social Worker

Social Worker in Gerontology (SW-G)

Clinical Social Worker in Gerontology (CSW-G)

Advanced Social Worker in Gerontology (ASW-G)

An Interview with Jennifer Khuong, Director of Social Services

Strategic Policy Advisor

Strategic Policy Analyst

Urban Gerontology: An Emerging Field

Urban Gerontologist

Volunteer Program Director

Volunteer Program Coordinator

An Interview with Gretchen S. Jordan, Coordinator of Volunteers

. . . and More





Clothing and Textiles

Creative Writing

Educational Gerontology

Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Emergency Medical Services

Exercise, Fitness and Wellness

Family Gerontology

Film and Television


Hospitality Services and Tourism

Intimacy and Sexuality, Sexual Orientation Sexual Health in Later Life



Political Science/Policy and Aging

Religious/Spiritual Gerontology

Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency

Theatre Arts


Gerontology and Geriatrics Professional Organizations

Glossary of Acronyms