Odessa, TX (population: 102,535) has one gerontology school within its city limits. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin has a total student population of 3,546. It is the 3460th highest ranked school in the USA and the 176th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Gerontology students from Odessa 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.
Odessa lies in Ector county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Odessa area has 60,350 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.4% unemployment rate, $18.40/hr average worker wage, and a $38,280 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin ends up costing a student $6,479/yr.