How to Become a Gerontologist in North Carolina - NC
By Joanna Pelletier, allied health world contributing writer
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The higher paying positions in the field of gerontology call for a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degrees. However, there are many jobs such as occupational therapy assistant, temporary caregiver or home health aide that may earn a little less but offer training and experience that will pay off in the long run. If you do not have a degree and want to start working sooner, colleges and training programs also offer gerontology certification in North Carolina. Gerontology program certificates will allow ambitious individuals to start working in less time. This will be an added bonus to fitness instructors physical therapists, chiropractors, and social workers looking to specialize in geriatrics.
North Carolina’s largest hospitals are in Fayetteville, Charlotte, Durham, and Asheville, which all combined bring in more than $45 million a year in revenue. Elderly care and assisted living centers are also large employers in North Carolina and the need for skilled geriatric specialists is expected to continue to grow.
Interesting job titles now being offered in North Carolina within the field of gerontology are:
- Nurse Practitioner – Charlotte
- Therapy Team Leader – Plollocksville, NC
- Executive Director – Monroe, NC
- Wellness Director – Raleigh, NC
- Resident Services Coordinator – North Willsboro, NC