This career is expected to grow at least 21 percent, and possibly as fast as 36 percent—much faster than average—through 2016. As tens of millions of baby boomers age, job opportunities for gerontology counselors—a field in its infancy—will grow quickly.
A gerontological counselor provides services to elderly people and their families as they face changing lifestyles. Gerontological counselors are part of a broader group of professionals called gerontologists. Gerontologists are healthcare professionals who specialize in working with elderly patients. They provide their services to people in nursing homes, senior citizen centers and other similar facilities.
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