Overview

Overview

Looking for a meaningful career? Do you care about older adults in your life and community? If so, then you want to be part of the dynamic and growing field of gerontology.

This interdisciplinary program is your gateway to a career in the health and social service sector as a Social Service Worker providing a range of services in the community for older adults and their families.

Combining theory with practice, you will gain specialized knowledge and skills to work with individuals, families, and communities to promote health and resilience throughout the aging process. This program prepares you for employment in the field of gerontology within a wide range of service settings such as: health and wellness, education, recreation, community support, advocacy, residential and palliative care. The gerontology service sector has expressed resounding support for the program and hiring graduates in the future.

Who makes a good Gerontology student?
Empathy, understanding, compassion, and a heart for social service and social justice. If these qualities describe you, perhaps a career working with older adults is for you.


February 2020 | Amica - West Vancouver

The program is structured for full-time studies, although exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for students to complete the program on a part-time basis or to enrol in individual courses with permission of the Program Coordinator.

Health care and social assistance will see the largest increase in job openings in the next decade.

Labour market projections outlined in the British Columbia Labour Market Outlook: 2019 Edition, report that health care and social assistance will see the largest increase in job openings in the next 10 years, 16.5% of the total 141,700 job openings. Fifty-eight percent of these will come from the need to replace retiring workers, while the remaining 42% will be a result of expansion of the health system in response to the growing medical needs of an aging population. Social and community service workers were listed as number 6 out of 60 in importance on a list of top needed occupation groups that require post-secondary education and training. Learn more about  Career Opportunities with Gerontology.

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