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Career Definition for a Geriatric Care Manager
The tasks required of geriatric care managers, from offering advice to seniors making difficult life decisions to management of a multi-level healthcare facility for the aged, have become increasingly complex and require specialized training. Dealing with complex and interrelated issues affecting the geriatric population and navigating a thicket of regulations are difficult tasks that require mastery of many disciplines.
|Required Education||A bachelor's degree, state-approved training and pass a licensing exam|
|Job Duties||Include offering advice to seniors making difficult life decisions, management of a multi-level healthcare facility for the aged|
|Median Salary (2015)||$94,500 (all medical and health services managers)|
|Job Outlook (2014-2024)||17% growth (all medical and health services managers)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
State governments typically require nursing care facility administrators, which can include geriatric care managers, to have a bachelor's degree, undergo state-approved training, and pass a licensing exam. Several national organizations have stricter requirements for certifying geriatric care managers: the norm is a master's degree in a care management field with specialized training and experience in gerontology, although candidates with a bachelor's or associate's degree with two to four years of additional direct client contact may qualify. For eligibility details, contact the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) or the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM).
Geriatric care management is a transdisciplinary field, embracing medicine, psychology, ethics, financial planning, and business administration. Given the physical and mental challenges facing the general geriatric population, a career as a geriatric care manager also requires patience, understanding, and empathy.
Career and Economic Outlook
As long as the mean age of the world population continues to increase and the average individual's lifespan lengthens, the demand for geriatric care managers will continue to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov) predicts much-faster-than-average growth for the employment of medical and health services managers from 2014-2024, at 17%. The median annual salary for medical and health services managers in May 2015 was $94,500, although this may increase for managers of larger practices.
Alternate Career Options
Here are some examples of alternative career options:
Social and Community Service Manager
Social and community service managers oversee the work and services performed by entities like individual and family services groups; religious, civic or grant-making groups; residential care facilities; vocational rehabilitation agencies; or state and local government agencies. They assess community needs and develop appropriate programming. They also collect and analyze information about programs' and services' effectiveness, handle budgeting, and pursue fundraising efforts. Education requirements range from bachelor's degree to master's degree in social work or a related field; previous experience is also valued by employers. Jobs in this field are expected to increase 10% from 2014-2024, according to the BLS. The median pay for this job was $63,530 in 2015.
Human Resources Manager
A human resources manager organizes and oversees the hiring, performance, and development of an organization's employees. Human resources managers make sure that applicable employment laws are followed. They may also coordinate employee benefits programs and payroll activities. Human resources managers need at least a bachelor's degree in the field or a closely related one and related job experience. Voluntary professional certification is also available. The BLS reports that human resources manager jobs are expected to grow at a rate of 9% from 2014-2024, about average when compared to all occupations. Human resources managers earned median pay of $104,440 in 2015, per the BLS.