Gerontologist

Lilly Skaggs

Nature Of Work

  • A Gerontologist will be taking care of wide variety of professional workers and also many people. Mostly elderly people when in this field.
  • You will be working with social work, medicine, and physical therapy.
  • Maneuvering disabled or ill clients in and out of beds, vehicles, and bathrooms.
  • You have to be calm with demanding and difficult clients.
  • You always have to be on your feet just in case of an emergency.



  • I would work for government and community agencies, colleges, hospitals, and nursing homes.
  • I will be working full times (40 hours a week and about more on the weekends)
  • You need to know the right medicine to give to the patient.
  • You need to be on your feet because you will be walking around a lot.

Education

  • I can start by taking courses at UW or NWT.
  • I can go to any community college to start and learn about this field.
  • 2-year to 4-year colleges offer associate and bachelor's programs in gerontology.
  • If you want, you could take 4 to 5 years of college to earn your PHD.
  • You will need: Physical Science, Mathematics, Health & Physical Education, Family & Consumer Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Law & Government, and Food & Nutrition.

Personal Imperssion

Salary

  • You will get payed about $44,000 to $94,000 per year.
  • $31.10 is what you will get payed per hour.
  • In Michigan, it is about $55,00 to $105,000 per year.
  • If you live in Grand Rapids you will get paid $102,000 a year.
  • In Traverse City you can get up to $85,000 a year.