One college that has been paying attention to the graying of the U.S. is San Diego State University. It offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in gerontology and is redesigning a master’s program in gerontology. Its programs attract students who are dedicated to helping the elderly and see jobs in their future.
Gerontology is a growing field because of the drop in “mortality and fertility rates,” explains Thom Reilly, director of San Diego State’s School of Social Work. “The growing number of older adults creates an increased need for skilled, educated professionals in gerontology.”