Harlingen, TX (population: 66,846) has nineteen gerontology schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. The University of Texas at Austin, the highest ranked school in this group with a gerontology program, has a total student population of 50,995. It is the 18th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Gerontology students from Harlingen 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.
Harlingen lies in Cameron county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Brownsville-Harlingen area has 122,990 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.4% unemployment rate, $14.94/hr average worker wage, and a $31,080 average annual salary.
Of the 19 gerontology schools with a 500-mile radius of Harlingen, only 10 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Abilene Christian University comes out as the most expensive ($21,233/yr) for gerontology students, with Kilgore College as the lowest, reported at only $2,728/yr.
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