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How will your gerontology education stack up?

If you want to study gerontology at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. The US has 213 brick and mortar gerontology schools.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with gerontology programs were:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California
  2. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana
  3. University of Connecticut - located in Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut

Student Demographics

In the US, 1,007 students graduated from gerontology programs in 2010. Of these students, 337 received certifications in gerontology, 303 received an undergraduate degree in gerontology, and 367 received a graduate-level degree in gerontology.


Students can pursue education in gerontology at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Gerontology
  • Bachelor's Degree in Gerontology
  • Master's Degree in Gerontology
  • Doctoral Degree in Gerontology
  • Certificate in Gerontology

Gerontology students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying gerontology:

  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Elder Care
  • Aging Issues
  • Managing Disorders in Elders
  • Social Perceptiveness


On average in 2010, gerontology schools in the US charged $16,892 in tuition per year. The gerontology schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana, students paid $40,584
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183
  3. Saint Joseph's University - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, students paid $34,090

The gerontology schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. University of North Carolina at Greensboro - located in Greensboro, North Carolina, students paid $4,234
  2. University of North Carolina at Charlotte - located in Charlotte, North Carolina, students paid $4,427
  3. University of South Florida-Main Campus - located in Tampa, Florida, students paid $4,577

How will your gerontology job compare?

A large number of gerontology majors work as gerontologists after graduation. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 93,560 gerontologists working in the US. The largest numbers of gerontologists work in the following states:

  1. California - 24,260 Gerontologists
  2. Massachusetts - 8,180 Gerontologists
  3. New York - 6,670 Gerontologists

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 154,240 gerontologists will be working in the US. This would require the number of people working as a gerontologist to grow by 33%. The projected growth for gerontologists is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 52%
  2. South Carolina - 50%
  3. Kansas - 50%


A gerontologist in the US earns $77,832 per year on average. However, factors such as seniority, experience, or professional associations and certifications can cause the salary for a gerontologist to vary greatly. A gerontologist in the US can earn anywhere from less than $23,080 per year to more than $163,550 per year. On average, a gerontologist earns the most in the following states:

  1. Maine - $115,470 per year
  2. New Jersey - $115,390 per year
  3. Illinois - $111,340 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for gerontologists are:

  1. Nebraska - $50,390 per year
  2. Idaho - $53,850 per year
  3. Nevada - $55,040 per year

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Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Registered Nurses 2,655,020 $67,720 12.1%
Social and Human Service Assistants 357,500 $30,100 14.1%
Medical and Health Services Managers 282,990 $93,670 23.0%
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 93,560 $86,710 27.0%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 31,390 $81,830 -45.8%