Exploring Careers in Aging
A step-by-step educational roadmap to help undergraduate and graduate students find a career in aging.
Why Choose a Career in Aging?
Did you know that career opportunities for students interested in work in the aging field are expanding? This is largely because people 65 years old and older are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. And, although there are a broad range of exciting career opportunities in aging, there are not enough professionals to keep pace with the increasing demand.
Questions to Get You Started
First, before you explore our guide, it might be helpful if you ponder these questions as you think about your future career:
- Do you enjoy interacting with older adults?
- Do you wish your classes addressed more aging-related content?
- Do you believe that older people can learn new things?
- Do you want to engage in practicum or experiences where you interact with older adults?
- Do you ponder questions about aging, such as why do some people seem happier in their later years than others?
- Have there been older people in your life who have made a great impact on you?
How This Guide Can Help
Students are on an exciting educational journey, discovering interests and exploring and planning a fulfilling career. This guide will help you think about careers in aging that might best match your personal interests. It provides:
- Detailed and specific questions for you to consider at each educational level from pre-undergraduate to graduate.
- Things you can do at each educational level to prepare and position yourself for an exciting and enjoyable career.
- Resources to help you at each point along the path.
- Personal profiles and descriptions of a wide variety of aging careers.
Explore the Careers in Aging Roadmaps
Below, there are two career roadmaps for you to explore and extensive information on potential careers that combine interest in aging with other areas of study. Select the roadmap that corresponds to where you are in your education and then explore the interdisciplinary careers and career profiles pages.
The Exploring Careers in Aging Roadmap was developed by the APA Committee on Aging with the significant support of Hardeep Obhi, MA.
Check out our real-life stories of researchers and practitioners in psychology who have embarked on age-related careers and the difference they are making to improve the lives of older adults.
See more examples of psychologists and the diversity of their work on our Career Profiles page.