What is Gerontology?

Gerontology is the study of aging across the life course. It encompasses the social, psychological, and biological aspects of the aging process. Gerontology is a multidisciplinary field and can be applied to a variety of careers and professions.

Why Study Gerontology?

The population around the globe is aging and this demographic shift influences every aspect of society. Today, one in eight Americans are over the age of 65 and this number will only continue to grow. We need experts who are trained specifically in gerontology to address the policy and service needs of this new population of elders. Moreover, we need scholars to research issues of aging from a variety of fields of study, such as psychology, sociology, physical therapy, nursing, education, exercise science, social work, real estate, economics, public health, criminal justice, and many other fields.

What can I do with a Gerontology degree or certificate?

Due to the diversity of the older adult population, the job market in gerontology also is diverse. Older adults use many different types of services such as legal assistance, housing, health care, counseling, transportation, and many others. This diversity means that gerontologists are needed in a variety of professions. The graduates from our program work for local and state agencies, non-profit organizations, health and long-term care institutions, financial and legal firms, as well as private companies that develop products and services for older adults. Some students establish their own aging-related businesses.

Who is Affiliated with the Gerontology Institute?

Affiliate faculty members make important contributions to The Gerontology Institute’s teaching, research, practice, and service activities. Drawn from a wide variety of disciplines, they are a diverse group of scholars. Yet, their interest in the study of aging is a commonality. The many faculty members, who currently serve as affiliates, participate in interdisciplinary research teams, teach classes cross-listed with Gerontology, mentor our Masters-level students, and share in the governance of the Institute. To find out about our current affiliate faculty members, please click here.

If you are a Georgia State University faculty member who is interested in becoming affiliated with the Gerontology Institute, please read our affiliate invitation or contact Dr. Elisabeth Burgess.