How to Become a Gerontologist in Colorado - CO
Currently, the state of Colorado does not require most gerontologists to become licensed or certified before being eligible to work. Obvious exceptions, however, include members of other allied health fields who have made gerontology their area of study. Nurses, physicians, and members of certain other high-responsibility fields, like respiratory technology, will be expected to become licensed from the state and certified by their professions national certifying bodies, before being eligible to work.
This does not mean, however, that there are not benefits to becoming certified as a gerontologist, even if it is not required. First of all, it looks great on a resume. It shows you are dedicated above and beyond what is required of you. These organizations, like the Gerontological Society of America, are also great for networking, for keeping you updated with the latest developments in the field, and for keeping you abreast of any broad changes in the industry that, from your limited perspective, you may miss.
Regardless of whether you decide to become certified or not, following these steps will get you on your way to beginning a rewarding career as a gerontologist in Colorado.
- Decide if this career is right for you. Working with the elderly is not for everyone, but chances are, if you think it’s something you would like, you already have the patience, and kindness, to make it a good fit.
- Decide how you want to pursue your career. You might already be an allied health professional in Colorado, wanting to take a 6 or 12 month certification course to update your career. You might be fresh out of high school, interested in getting involved in policy and advocacy issues. In Colorado, there is a school or convenient online program to match all of your needs.
- Enroll, attend, and excel in your chosen program. Be aggressive about any internship, externship, or work experience opportunities that comes your way. As your education continues, self correct to make sure you’re on the path you want to be on.
- Graduate! Take care of any licensing and certification issues that may be relevant to your profession, and you’re ready to work. If you don’t have to become certified, really consider it for the reasons mentioned above.
- Begin working in the diverse and rewarding career of gerontology in the state of Colorado!