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.
- 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.
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- The worst parts of this career is that you only have a really short period of time to help a patient. Say you are helping a patient in one area and another patient needs help in another. You will always be on yours toes.
- One of my values is being responsible for other people's safety or well-being. I always want to make sure someone is feeling comfortable and happy in the environment they are in. I always want to help.