Biogerontologists specialize in human aging. Many biogerontologists currently participate in research designed to reverse aging.

Biogerontologists attempt to understand human aging by studying organ systems, organs, and cells. Many study the links between environmental pollution, nutrition, exercise and aging. Some biogerontologists specialize in aging related disease, including osteoporosis and dementia.

To limit the negative health effects of aging, many biogerontologists are employed by companies that develop pharmaceuticals, antioxidants, vitamins, and other health products.

Working Conditions

Biogerontologists are typically employed at research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and colleges and universities. Most biogerontology jobs are located at universities.

They're responsible for developing and managing research projects, which often involve toxic substances. Biogerontologists must be detail-oriented, precise, and persistent since research is frequently unsuccessful. This career can be stressful since employers are frequently cutting costs, and biogerontologists employed at universities are often required to seek additional or alternative funding.

Biogerontologists usually earn anywhere between $60,000-100,000 annually. Demand for biogerontology research continues to rise as the Baby Boomers age.

Career Training and Education

Biogerontologists typically hold bachelor's degrees in genetics, microbiology, biology, and other scientific fields. If this career interests you, complete as much laboratory research as an undergraduate as possible.

Most biogerontologists hold graduate degrees, including doctorate and medical degrees. During graduate school, they participate in group research projects.

Other specialists collaborate in biogerontology research. For example, mathematicians design complex algorithms to determine cell decay, and computer engineers develop software designed to predict the effects of aging.
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