It’s no secret that the baby boomers are aging. In 2011, the initial wave of baby boomers turned 65 and by 2030, all of 78 million will have done the same.
As baby boomers apply pressure to bring about changes in how we address the various aspects related to aging, social workers are in a perfect position to act as trailblazers in an age where gerontology presents a challenging, yet thrilling opportunity of riding the wave. They can assist in engineering the vehicles needed for service delivery and take on the role that will help aging Americans venture through unfamiliar territories toward a healthier, more enjoyable, dignified, and rewarding process of aging.
Demand for social workers is likely to surge by 24% from 2016 to 2026, according to the statistics of the US Bureau of Labor. Triggered by the rapidly increasing older adult population, this demand for social and health care services will create great job prospects for the social gerontological workforce.
There are a huge number of opportunities for workers who intend to go into gerontology and include industry, business, and private geriatric care. Besides working as geriatric care managers, which seems the most obvious choice, gerontologists may also take on roles in areas as diverse as quality control overseeing numerous products and monitoring how these are sold and marketed, which needs to be checked as it can evolve into an ethical concern.
A person with a background in gerontology will also be useful in developing marketing strategies in numerous business contexts, like pharmaceuticals. Researchers also anticipate an increase in job prospects for people with social backgrounds who are well versed in the field of human resources.
To benefit from these opportunities, you can enroll into various academic programs that offer certifications and even a master’s in gerontology.