Are you contemplating a career in gerontological (gero) social work? Consider these facts:
- By 2020, 16% of adults will be age 65, compared to 13% today.
- 60,000-70,000 geriatric social workers are needed by 2020, yet less than 10% of that number is now available.
- Jobs with older adults will grow by 45%-faster than the average of all other occupations through 2015.
For even more facts, download this Geriatric Workforce Needs document.
Take a look at these Web pages for compelling reasons to pursue work with older adults. Remember, no matter what practice setting you choose, you are likely to interact in some capacity with older adults and will need gero knowledge, skills, and values.