Careers in Aging

After USC Davis: Many Career Choices

A degree in gerontology from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology opens many doors. Our world-class reputation–bolstered by the largest selection of gerontology degree programs in the world, hands-on training from internationally renowned professors, coveted internships, and connections–makes our graduates sought after by a variety of industries.

Whatever professional paths our graduates take, a USC Davis degree provides a distinct advantage. our alumni go on to pursue careers in law, medicine, entrepreneurship, academia, consulting, science, local, state and federal government, business, community and social services, non-profits, marketing, advocacy, housing, healthcare, management, urban planning, and much more.

Opportunities In An Aging World

Gerontology is a field with infinite career choices now and in the future. Here’s why:

  • The U.S. Department of Labor identifies careers in aging as a high growth area over the next decade.
  • Every seven seconds, another American turns 50.
  • There are 76 million baby boomers, and the oldest are heading toward their 70th birthdays. Many have parents in their 80s, 90s, and beyond as well.

As the number of active duty military personnel falls, so too does the number of veterans looking for careers as civilians. has created this guidebook to help the men and women of the United States military better understand the various career resources at their disposal. Key elements of the guide include:

  • Job search tools for veterans
  • Unique job search challenges faced by veterans
  • Various vocational rehabilitation programs for vets


From USC Davis to the working world

What can you do with a  USC Davis degree? If a recent alumni survey is any indication, the answer is anything! Here are just some of the organizations and venues in which our graduates work:


  • AARP
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
  • Administration on Aging
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Brookdale Senior Living
  • California Department of Aging
  • City of Los Angeles Department of Aging
  • Florida State University
  • Harvard University
  • Informed Patient Institute
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Los Angeles Department of Community and Senior Services
  • Minnesota State University
  • National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • National Bureau of Economic Research
  • National Institute on Aging
  • Social Security Administration
  • University of California
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Kansas
  • Veteran’s Administration


  • Academia
  • Adult Day Care
  • Assisted Living Communities
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Case Management
  • Community Organizations
  • Counseling
  • Elder Law
  • Government Agencies
  • HMOs
  • Hospitals
  • Long Term Insurance Companies
  • Marketing
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing Homes
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Religious Organizations
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Transportation

“My studies of Chinese, Spanish and Italian are proving to be incredibly beneficial! The USC Davis School has so many great internship opportunities abroad. My plan is to use my knowledge of languages to study eldercare in other countries.”

Jackie Dion
Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Aging
and Master of Aging Services Management