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Education
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By Margit B. Weisgal
Contributing Writer
mbweisgal@gmail.com

A Job for Life

I think there’s no higher calling in terms of a career than public service, which is a chance to make a difference in people’s lives and improve the world.
—Jack Lew, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

If you’re looking for a profession that will be there for the rest of your life, it is any job that involves working directly with or on behalf of senior citizens. Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 and this will go on through 2030. With an average life expectancy of 79, that means that through 2044 and beyond, aging adults will be needing services, assistance and support in a multitude of ways.

There are myriad programs – undergraduate, graduate, major and minor – in which you can enroll and if you have a passion for another subject, incorporating gerontology will extend your options. University of Maryland University College says it best: With a degree in gerontology and aging services, you will join the skyrocketing labor force needed to meet the health care challenge of an aging population.

In just a few years, this segment will account for 20 percent of the total population and drive job growth in much more than health care positions. There’s also housing, education, arts education, all the sciences, communications, transportation, policy (national, state and local), and social work, to name only a few. To get a sense of the extensive variety, visit the blog post on Exploring Careers in Aging titled 101+ Careers in Aging (http://businessandaging.blogs.com).

Depending where you are in your studies or if you’re just thinking about going to college, it’s worth exploring them along with some community college courses. UMUC offers an online bachelor of science in geron-

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