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Want a career for life?

The world is witnessing tremendous growth of the population aged 65 and older:

  • The oldest-old (85+) are proportionately the fastest growing segment of the population.
  • By 2050, 1 in 4 people will be aged 65+.

Iowa is at the forefront of this aging revolution as one of the oldest states in the country. Older adults are a diverse group with varied backgrounds, preferences, and needs, and you  can have a direct, immediate impact working with this population. The ISU Gerontology Program offers these degrees that provide a foundation for careers in aging:

Undergraduate minor

Graduate minor


Master’s Degree in Gerontology (on campus)

Doctoral Degree in Gerontology (on campus)


Graduate certificate (online)

Masters program (online)

Careers in aging

The growth of the aging population will affect most careers as older adults will comprise co-workers, clients, and family members. Below are examples of how aging intersects with work areas and the fastest growing occupations:

Education (continuing/lifelong)

Health care and wellness

Human services

Intergenerational programming


Construction and design

Human resources

Business and entrepreneurial

Personal care aides

Physical therapists

Occupational therapists

Biomedical engineers

Medical scientists

Marriage and family therapists

Mental health counselors

Meeting, convention, and event planners

Market research analysts and specialists

Health educators (CFLE)

Legal, state, policy work

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