Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has twenty-nine gerontology schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. United States Air Force Academy, the highest ranked school in this group with a gerontology program, has a total student population of 4,620. It is the 80th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Gerontology students from Albuquerque schools who go on to become gerontologists, physicians, clinical dietitians, medical staff physicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,308,380 people working as life, physical, and social science employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $65,660. Also, Rehabilitation counselors make on average $34,710 per year and there are about 112,690 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Albuquerque area alone, there are 40 employed rehabilitation counselors earning an average salary of $37,400. Life, physical, and social science employees in this area earn $65,660/yr and there are 4,890 employed.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about 12.808 out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by life, physical, and social science employees, and 0.108/1000 are held by rehabilitation counselors.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, United States Air Force Academy comes out as the most expensive ($/yr) for gerontology students, with University of Phoenix as the lowest, reported at only $/yr.