Careers in Aging Resource Guide


How GenPhilly Can Help

There are more than 500 emerging leaders in the GenPhilly Network – many of whom can be great resources for you with your job hunt.  We can connect you with members and/or colleagues for informational interviews, and can also identify other resources that might be helpful.

Many people assume that most jobs in aging involve work with older adults through social service and health-related jobs. In reality, individuals in a range of fields encounter aging-related issues, such as  government, technology, law, community development, planning and policy work.  Also consider themes related to aging through the lens of the arts or scholarly disciplines.

If you have an interest in elders and you have background in some of the fields considered “non-traditional” in the aging sphere, we can talk with you about how to transfer your skills in other professions to assist elders.  We often post jobs, articles, events and more on our GenPhilly Network listserv, so ask us about getting on it.


It never hurts to contact someone in your field of interest for strategies on how to incorporate aging into the work you currently do.  Down the road, an agency that may not have any openings at the time may remember you in the future, should an opportunity arise.  Volunteering is also an important way to show your interest in aging, and to gain valuable experience in the field.

Tips for the Job Hunt

You can find many websites and books for strategies to enhance your job search.  Make sure that your cover letter is personalized and job-specific. Remember that there are many applicants looking for work and therefore employers often disregard resumes with spelling errors and irregular formatting.  Also:

  • Get on a bunch of listservs! They usually post jobs and GenPhilly has included a few great ones on its Resource Page.
  • If you are a student or alumnus/alumna of a local university (and in many cases even if your college or university is not in the area), you may find it helpful to tap into their career center for helpful guidance on developing a strong resume and cover letter. Also, many career centers maintain e-mail listservs through which they disseminate job listings.
  • Join a professional association relevant to your job.
  • Create a functional rather than a chronological resume to showcase unique skills and accomplishments that can be brought to the job duties at hand.
  • Keep skills sharp by enrolling in professional development courses and reading industry publications to stay current.
  • Reach out to former bosses, colleagues, family members, friends and neighbors who can serve as resources during a job hunt.
  • Sending a thank-you note or email to everyone involved in the interview process is generally wise, and can set you apart from others on the job hunt.


Key Words

Sometimes using key words can be helpful, however, you can miss a job that may touch on aging because it is not formally an aging-specific job.  Some helpful search keywords include aging, older adults, senior citizens, and elderly.



Please let us know if you have any additions!!

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Job opportunities at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

Jobs and News in the Aging Network
List of employment opportunities in the aging network posted by local organizations

Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative
Jobs and workshops

UPenn’s Job Opportunities in the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area

Philly Jobs
Jobs in many fields

Career Philly
Greater Philadelphia Region’s Internship and Job site

Philly Creative Jobs
Innovation Philadelphia’s website that lists creative and website design jobs in the Philadelphia region

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Job Bank
Lists many types of creative jobs, many of which can touch on aging

Philadelphia Job Net

Jobs in many fields

Green Jobs Philly
Green jobs

Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations
Jobs and training opportunities

Mayor’s Commission on Aging
Job training and placement assistance for older workers

Arts Opportunities that may touch on aging



ASA’s Career AdvantAge!  (American Society on Aging)
National database of jobs in aging

Federal Government’s job site
There will be many new jobs in the Department of Health and Human Services due to the new health care bill – keep checking this site!

Your key to jobs in aging!



Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Trainings

Public Health Management Corporation
Wide variety of educational and professional development opportunities

Alden Geriatrics Educational Services
Continuing education for professionals in aging



Super Job Search
Source of recruiters, workshops and career assessment

The Riley Guide
The preeminent collection of job-related online resources.

Occupational Outlook Handbook


Last updated April 2016.

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