Guide to Learning About Careers in Aging

A tutorial from the IOA Information Center

About this Guide
Career Guides/Descriptions
Online Job Databases, Lists and Clearinghouses
Subject Headings for Searching Library Catalogs
Recently Published Reference Books
Recent Journal Articles

About this Guide

This guide is intended to help students, or potential students, find resources about careers and jobs in aging, geriatrics and gerontology fields. It is primarily targeted at college level students. It emphasizes resources available online, but also includes print resources. It does not include general job/employment resources.

Career Guides/Descriptions

Careers in Aging: Consider the Possibilities
This excellent and extensive section of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) web site covers the following questions: What are Gerontology and Geriatrics? Why Study Aging? What Jobs and Careers are Available? How Do You Become a Professional in Aging?

Careers in Aging: Get ready for the Future

What is a Professional Geriatric Care Manager?

Online Job Databases, Lists and Clearinghouses … Your Key to Jobs in Aging
An aging career center sponsored by the Gerontological Society of America.

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging – “Aging Services Career Center”

American Geriatrics Society Career Connection

American Occupational Therapy Association – “OTJobLink”
Allows searching by categories (such as ‘geriatrics’), skill level, and location.

American Society on Aging – “ASA’s Career Advantage”

National Association of Social Workers – “NASWJobLink”

Subject Headings for Searching Library Catalogs

Try combining career choice (a MeSH or medical subject heading) or vocational guidance (a LC or Library of Congress subject heading) with one or more of the following: gerontology; geriatrics; aging, to find books and documents.

Recently Published Reference Books

Likoff, Laurie & Romanosky, Neil (eds.) (2010). Encyclopedia of careers and vocational guidance, 15th ed. New York: Ferguson Publishing.

Stanfield, Peggy H. et al. (2009). Introduction to the health professions, 5th ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Williams, Ellen. (2003). Opportunities in gerontology and aging services careers, 2nd ed. Chicago: VGM Career Books.

Recent Journal Articles

Alford, Cynthia L.; Miles, Toni; Palmer, Ray; Espino, David. (2001). Introduction to geriatrics for first-year medical students. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 49 (6): 782-787.

Bennett, Jeanne Moore; Sneed, Jeannie. (1999). Practice competencies for entry-level professionals in the field of aging. Educational Gerontology 25 (4): 305-315.

Berenbaum, Rakel. (2000). Motivating students in the helping professions to work with the aged. Educational Gerontology 26 (1): 83-95.

Everard, Kelly M.; Teaster, Pamela B.; Dugan, Elizabeth. (2000). Surviving your graduate gerontology education and entering the job market. Educational Gerontology 26 (3): 285-299.

Gaugler, Joseph E. (2004). On the tenure track in gerontology: I wish I had known then what I know now. Educational Gerontology 30 (6): 517-536.

Gilford, Rosalie; Gibson, Lori; Newton, Rae. (2005). Gerontology required core courses and gerontology academic program success. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education 25 (3): 31-48.

Kosberg, Jordan I. (1999). Opportunities for social workers in an aging world. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 26 (1): 7-24.

Lillis, Maureen; Mackin, Karen. (2001). New navigators: geriatric care managers forge paths for clients. Caring 20 (4): 28-29.

Rosen, Anita L.; Zlotnik, Joan Levy. (2001). Social work’s response to the growing older population. Generations 25 (1): 69-71.

Takamura, Jeanette C. (2001). Towards a new era in aging and social work. Journal of Gerontological Social Work 36 (3/4): 1-11.

Turner, K. Whisnant. (2002). Doctoral programs in gerontology: where they are and what they produce. Educational Gerontology 28 (2): 163-167.

Wesley, Susan C. (2006). Enticing students to careers in gerontology: faculty and student perspectives. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education 25 (3): 13-29.