School of Applied Sciences

The University of Mississippi

Career Pathways in Applied Gerontology

Graduates are needed in a variety of educational, health care, government agency, community, and private practice settings:

Restaurant chef and waiter helping customers with menu food questions
Financial Advisor Talking To Senior Couple At Home
Doctor fitting a senior female patient with a hearing aid
Senior woman getting advice
Isn't it just beautiful out here?
You're doing so well, just keep going
Group Of Senior Retirement Exercising Togetherness Concept
Physiotherapist assisting senior woman patient to walk with walking frame
People of different ages and nationalities having fun together
Portrait Of Senior Friends Hiking In Countryside
Female Community Nurse Visits Senior Woman At Home
Three mature women power walking together on waterfront
  • Community, human services, and religious organizations
  • Health care and long-term care institutions
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies, including the aging network (Older Americans Act)
  • Schools (e.g. working with grandparents who are raising their grandchildren)
  • Retirement communities
  • Academic and other education and research settings
  • Professional organizations
  • Business and industry
  • Developing programs such as health promotion, senior theater groups, intergenerational activities and leisure and recreation for older adults
  • Providing direct care to frail, ill, or impaired adults in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and adult care or home care programs
  • Counseling older adults and their families about issues of caregiving, employment, death and dying, or mental health
  • Advising older clients about estate planning and investments, financing long-term care, or housing options
  • Conducting research on the aging process and diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease or osteoporosis
  • Analyzing issues related to older adults, such as retirement opportunities, income maintenance, the health care system, and housing alternatives
  • Planning, administrating, and evaluating community-based services and service delivery systems for older adults
  • Teaching courses on aging to college and university students, health care professionals, and older adults
  • Advocating with or on behalf of older adults before legislative bodies or in institutional settings
  • Designing products to meet the special interests and needs of older persona
  • Advising business, industry, and labor regarding older workers and consumers