This degree provides opportunities for students interested in obtaining knowledge and skills specific to working with older adults and with internship opportunities that provide real work experience. Through this program students learn about the physical, biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of aging.
Individuals will also acquire knowledge of current strategies to serve individuals, families and communities experiencing problems and preparing for issues related to a growing proportion of older adults. Students will learn to assist individuals with changing roles and relationships with family, friends and other informal supports, productive roles and within organizations. With this degree, students have the educational foundation to successfully work with seniors as they continue to grow to almost one-fourth of the total population over the next 30 years.
Human services professionals with a Gerontology Option A.A.S. degree help older clients stay in their own homes by coordinating services to help older people meet their day-to-day needs. There is a growing demand for human service professionals to provide community-based support services, as well as to work with older people in a continuum of care communities.
People interested in this program should enjoy working with people. They should possess good verbal and oral communications and problem-solving skills and have a positive attitude about themselves and others.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of human service professionals working with the elderly will grow by nearly 70 percent through 2020, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
Sources: Occupational Outlook Handbook
SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in gerontology are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: aging and disability services specialist, community welfare worker, elder care specialist, geriatric care manger and patient advocate.
Gerontology careers can be found in business, recreation, government, health services, housing, research and development, law, medicine or myriad other occupational niches who must increasingly take into account a significant proportion of older persons among their clientele and target populations.
In the state of Missouri, employees working in community and social service occupations earn an average of $39,080 per year, depending on emphasis, education, experience and employer.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.
|Degree Name:||Gerontology Option A.A.S.|
|Degree or Program:||Human Service|
|Degree Type:||Associate of Applied Science Degree|
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