Mississippi State University Gerontology Program


Gerontology is the study of aging and late life potential from the perspective of many disciplines enhance the quality of life including:

  • Biology
  • Counseling
  • Health/medical
  • Human Sciences
  • Physical Education
  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Students learn strategies for enhancing the quality of life and life expectancy. No matter what your area of study, a Gerontology Certificate may make you more marketable to a future employer.

Increased life expectancy means more opportunities for careers with older Americans. It is projected that the number of Americans over the age of 65 will double by 2030. This population increase is expected to result in greater demand for services and professionals trained to meet the special needs of the older adult.

If you want to capitalize on some of the opportunities this presents for your future career, consider the Gerontology Certification.

Because the elderly are the fastest growing age group, knowledge of Gerontology is relevant for many careers. Professionals involved with Gerontology include:

  • Recreation Leader
  • Environmental Designer
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Nutritionion
  • Physical Therapist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Nurse
  • Dietician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Career Counselor
  • Leisure Counselor
  • Art Therapist
  • Financial Advisor
  • Consumer Sciences Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Pharmacist
  • Health Educator
  • Social Welfare Administrator
  • Dentist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Gerontologist
  • Optometrist
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapist