Careers in Aging

Gerontology is one of the growth areas of the 21st century. More than 14 % of the population, or five million Canadians are over 65. That number will double in the next 25 years. That population bulge will have a big impact on the health care sector and a variety of companies and services as they begin to “gerontologize” products and services.

MA Careers

A graduate degree in Gerontology can lead to careers in policy and research in the public sector and NGO’s; academia; senior administration in care facilties; and more. Below is a list of jobs that graduates of our MA program have obtained. This will give you an idea of the broad range of career possibilities enabled by a Master's degree.

The PhD program was only launched in 2008 and, as the first cohort has not graduated yet, we do not have a comparable list of PhD graduate careers. Typically those with a PhD in aging go on to careers in academia and/or research for universities or in the public sector.

Here are a few examples of the current occupations of recent graduates of the MA program:

Diploma Careers

A Diploma in Gerontology offers a variety of career opportunities with older persons. Some Diploma students already work with seniors as kinesiologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, social workers, and recreational or educational coordinators. Those looking to break into the work force can take the credential in a number of directions, depending on their undergraduate degree and work/volunteer experience. 

Possible employment opportunities with a Diploma include: program coordinator at seniors centres; fall and injury prevention coordinator; peer support program coordinator; allied health professional in a long term care facility or in the community, etc. Workplaces include health care and long-term care institutions; community and religious organizations; federal, provincial and municipal government agencies; retirement communities; parks and recreational programs; social service agencies and business and industry. The practicum component of the program is an excellent opportunity to gain direct experience with seniors and establish contacts in the area of gerontology.

Here are a few examples of the current occupations of recent graduates of the Diploma program:

  • Program Coordinator, Volunteer Grandparents 
  • Co-Executive Director, Caregivers Association of BC 
  • Seniors Program Coordinator, Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver 
  • Activity Worker, Adult Day Care Centre 
  • Wellness & Vitality Coordinator, Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc. 
  • Coordinator, Interior Health Authority, Lifeline Program
  • Seniors' Wellness Coordinator, City of Richmond