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EIU Master of Arts in Aging Studies

Careers in Aging Studies

A master's degree in Aging Studies can lead you down many different career paths. Here is a listing of the fields, and specific jobs within those fields, in which a graduate of our Aging Studies program could gain employment:


  • Instructor in senior center
  • Instructor of gerontology 
  • Adult education
    • Preretirement education
    • Family life education
    • General education
    • Leisure time activities
    • Occupational education
    • Legislation and advocacy

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College and University Education

  • Vocational education
  • Family life education
  • Aging Studies education
  • Consumer education
  • Health education
  • Physical education
  • Mental health and counseling education
  • Psychology
  • Guidance and counseling
  • Recreation
  • Elderhostel coordinator

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  • Industrial gerontologist
  • Specialist in preretirement planning

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  • Administrator/case worker/intake worker for Social Security, Medicare, etc.

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  • Manager of public/private residential community

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Legal Aid/Protective Service

  • Benefits/rights specialist in public agencies
  • Case manager/guardian

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Medical Service

  • Home health aide
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Nursing home ombudsperson
  • Counselor in nursing home

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Mental Health

  • Coordinator/specialist for day care program

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 Product/Service Consumption

  • Financial planning consultant
  • Travel agent/tour guide

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Recreation/Social Activities

  • Activities specialist
  • Senior center director

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Social Services

  • Family services worker
  • Case worker
  • Case manager
  • Senior services assessment specialist
  • Activity director
  • Outreach director
  • Information and referral coordinator
  • RSVP director or field worker
  • Chore/housekeeping homemaker or home health coordinator
  • Senior citizens advocate
  • Area agency or aging field services worker
  • State agency on aging employee
  • CAP agency field services worker
  • Federal agency on aging employee
  • Specialist in transportation, legislation, housing, social services, employment
  • Crisis intervention specialist
  • Mental health counselor
  • Readjustment counselor
    • Pre- and postretirement
    • Job re-entry
    • Leisure services
  • Family therapists
  • Hospice counselor
  • Respite care worker
  • Mental health counselor
  • Behavior modification specialist

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Health and Physical Fitness

  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Exercise specialist
  • Health educator
  • Patient educator
  • Recreation specialist
  • Adult fitness specialist

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Administrative (Directors, Assistant Directors and Supervisors)

  • Nursing home supervisor or administrator
  • Director of long-term care facility
  • Alternative care supervisor or director
  • Retirement center director
  • Senior nutrition program director
  • Senior center director
  • Area agency on aging director
  • In-home care services director
  • Respite care director
  • Day care center director
  • Hospice director

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  • Researcher
  • Coordinator of social services for a travel agency
  • Estate planner
  • Legislative assistant or aide
  • Clothing specialist

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Contact Information

Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke, Graduate Coordinator
MS in Aging Studies

Eastern Illinois University
1044 Klehm Hall
Charleston, IL 61920

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