Between 2000 and 2030, Georgia’s population of people age 65 and older will increase by a whopping 143%. Georgia will need more aging-related businesses, organizations, and workers than ever before to supply needed services for the state’s growing Baby Boomer population. You can be a part of the solution.
What fields are popular? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ list of 30 fastest-growing job paths includes seven career areas that are common in the field of aging, including mental health, physical and occupational therapy, home health, and personal care. Growth rates by 2020 for positions in these work areas range from 35% to 70%.
But let’s put the data aside. Joining the aging field is about more than job growth. It reflects passion and personal mission. Aging services workers have a natural affinity for older adults. We simply love what we do. Explore the links here and decide if an aging services career is right for you.
Internships & Volunteer Opportunities
Georgia DHS Division of Aging Services
The Gerontological Society of America
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
University of Georgia College of Public Health, Institute of Gerontology
(See the chart of fields and specialties that can have an emphasis on aging.)
Linda Wiener, Researcher / Consultant
Geriatric Social Work Initiative, the Hartford Foundation
The Legacy Project
Intergenerational Program Curricula and Activities
Penn State Extension
The Intergenerational Center – Temple University
DOROT is a New York-based organization that mobilizes aging-services volunteers.
Academic and Continuing Education Programs in Georgia
(Online gerontology programs are also available through out-of-state universities.)
Armstrong State University
Central Georgia Technical College
Clayton State University – Continuing Education
Columbus State University
Georgia Regents University
Georgia Southern University Center for Social Gerontology
Georgia State University – Gerontology Institute
Mercer University Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
University of Georgia – Institute of Gerontology, College of Public Health
University of North Georgia
General-Interest Associations for Professionals and Students
Other Advocacy and Service Organizations