Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has four gerontology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Arkansas State University-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a gerontology program, has a total student population of 12,156. It is the 462nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Arkansas (#1 is Harding University).
Gerontology students from Memphis 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 Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are ** employed rehabilitation counselors earning an average salary of $23,590. Life, physical, and social science employees in this area earn $56,680/yr and there are 3,840 employed.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 6.340 out of every 1000 jobs in Memphis are held by life, physical, and social science employees, and **/1000 are held by rehabilitation counselors.
Of the 4 gerontology schools with a 100-mile radius of Memphis, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Freed-Hardeman University comes out as the most expensive ($15,317/yr) for gerontology students, with Northeast Mississippi Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,099/yr.