Pathways in Geriatrics

Whether you're a nurse, physician, social worker, pharmacist, or other type of healthcare professional, a career in geriatrics can take many forms.

Geriatrics professionals provide medical care to older adults, but they also teach medicine, conduct research, influence policymakers, and oversee institutions. Explore the pathways below to learn more about the variety of ways you can earn a living in the field.



Clinicians are the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals whose main career focus is to see and treat patients. In geriatrics, being a clinician often involves working to coordinate care with an interprofessional team of colleagues.


Educators are healthcare professionals who teach medical and healthcare professions students. Most of these teachers are Clinician Educators who split their time between seeing patients and training the next generation of geriatrics health professionals.