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Alabama Schools

In Alabama, academia is a thriving field. Below are statistics, charts and analysis on trends in the academic community in Alabama.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Alabama By Profession

1,047 1,019 1,094 1,123
123 141 143 145
2,019 2,182 2,306 2,406
1,851 1,812 1,920 1,953
2,040 1,996 1,994 1,990
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

In 2009 there were 7,617 higher education faculty at the 88 colleges and universities in Alabama, where in 2006 there were 7,080.

This shows a 8% increase in the number of higher institution faculty in Alabama.

Average faculty salaries in Alabama

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

The average salary of higher education faculty in Alabama state is $52,735 per year, which is less than faculty salaries around the nation, which average $57,293 per year. In Alabama, there is a 6% difference in salaries for male and female faculty. Male faculty earn more than their female counterparts.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Alabama

No data at this time.

Of Alabama's 7,655 higher education faculty members, 47% have tenure and 25% are on the tenure track.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Alabama by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Alabama Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 1.67% 3.59% 4.23%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Alabama
  • Light Blue: National

The number of part-time faculty has grown in Alabama by 9% between the years 2006 and 2009. And the number of full-time faculty has also grown by 9%. This data shows that in Alabama, working full-time in academia is becoming less common.

National Vs. Alabama Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 2.57% 5.52% 8.97%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Alabama
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Alabama

No data at this time.

And in 2009 20% of those who were working on a part-time basis, identified themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. While as many as 23% of full-time faculty in Alabama identified themselves as being from a minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in Alabama

No data at this time.

National Vs. Alabama Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 3.39% 10.38% 12.7%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Alabama
  • Yellow: National

Between the years 2006 and 2009, Alabama's minority faculty has seen a 10% increase. National statistics are consistent with this. Nationally, 788,996 higher education faculty were working in 2006. Of these, 134,815 were from an ethnic or racial minority background. And in 2009, 855,625 faculty were working around the nation. 151,691 of these were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Alabama by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Alabama by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Alabama Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 2.46% 3.45% 3.73%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Alabama
  • Light Blue: National

Just as the percentage of ethnic or racial minorities has increased in academia in Alabama, the percentage of women has also increased. And nationally, from 2006 to 2009, the number of women faculty at colleges and universities has increased by 9%.

National Vs. Alabama Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 1.58% 5.39% 8.82%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Alabama
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Alabama Faculty employment by Gender

National Alabama
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 44%
Women 56%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Alabama


As the number of higher education faculty in Alabama has grown, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased.

Currently Alabama has 43,511 graduate students and 607,249 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Alabama

19979 19551 20892 21416 16740
21398 20693 22260 22840 24179
586 697 744 1230 2035
9071 9434 10209 10175 10554
5644 5076 5397 6304 6679
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Alabama


A total of 21,334 students graduated from colleges and universities in Alabama in 2009. Approximately 40% of these students graduated from bachelor's degree programs. Another 21% graduated from graduate-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Alabama


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in Alabama.

Retention rates in Alabama

Returning Students 59%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In Alabama, for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs, 59 students return to school the following year and 31 students eventually graduate. And nationally, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Alabama

Graduation Students 31%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Alabama Students By Gender

National Alabama
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 59%
Women 41%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in Alabama is diverse. Of the 650,760 students studying in Alabama's institutions of higher learning, 41% are female, and 28% are from an ethnic or racial minority. In the US, as a whole, 58% of the student population is female. And approximately 28% belong to a racial or ethnic minority.

National Vs. Alabama Students Minorities

National Alabama
Minorities 29%
Minorities 28%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Alabama

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  1. Alabama Business Schools75,771 Employed
  2. Alabama Teaching Schools67,297 Employed
  3. Alabama Engineering Schools48,420 Employed
  4. Alabama Biology Schools25,644 Employed
  5. Alabama Information Systems Schools23,649 Employed
  6. Alabama Psychology Schools20,856 Employed
  7. Alabama Art Schools20,675 Employed
  8. Alabama Math Schools19,217 Employed
  9. Alabama Liberal Arts Schools19,041 Employed
  10. Alabama Nursing Schools18,801 Employed
  11. Alabama Business Administration Schools17,787 Employed
  12. Alabama Law Schools17,752 Employed
  13. Alabama Educational Leadership Schools17,152 Employed
  14. Alabama Finance Schools16,428 Employed
  15. Alabama Counseling Schools16,280 Employed
  16. Alabama English Schools15,771 Employed
  17. Alabama Information Technology Schools14,916 Employed
  18. Alabama Management Schools14,696 Employed
  19. Alabama MBA Schools13,217 Employed
  20. Alabama Accounting Schools12,842 Employed
  21. Alabama BSN Schools12,647 Employed
  22. Alabama Forensic Nursing Schools12,647 Employed
  23. Alabama RN to BSN Schools12,647 Employed
  24. Alabama Music Schools12,208 Employed
  25. Alabama Elementary Education Schools11,718 Employed
  26. Alabama Criminal Justice Schools11,257 Employed
  27. Alabama Design Schools10,564 Employed
  28. Alabama Communications Schools10,443 Employed
  29. Alabama Chemistry Schools10,412 Employed
  30. Alabama History Schools10,045 Employed
  31. Alabama Sociology Schools9,989 Employed
  32. Alabama Political Science Schools9,787 Employed
  33. Alabama Public Administration Schools9,598 Employed
  34. Alabama Marketing Schools9,085 Employed
  35. Alabama Human Services Schools8,211 Employed
  36. Alabama Social Work Schools8,211 Employed
  37. Alabama Early Childhood Education Schools8,117 Employed
  38. Alabama Nutrition Schools7,789 Employed
  39. Alabama Speech Therapy Schools7,784 Employed
  40. Alabama Architecture Schools7,459 Employed
  41. Alabama Special Education Schools7,435 Employed
  42. Alabama Physics Schools7,082 Employed
  43. Alabama Health Science Schools6,505 Employed
  44. Alabama Civil Engineering Schools6,181 Employed
  45. Alabama Mechanical Engineering Schools5,911 Employed
  46. Alabama Theology Schools5,487 Employed
  47. Alabama Visual Communications Schools5,412 Employed
  48. Alabama Veterinary Schools5,154 Employed
  49. Alabama Human Resources Schools4,993 Employed
  50. Alabama Journalism Schools4,872 Employed
  51. Alabama Radiology Technology Schools4,774 Employed
  52. Alabama Healthcare Administration Schools4,427 Employed
  53. Alabama Advertising Schools4,384 Employed
  54. Alabama Public Relations Schools4,384 Employed
  55. Alabama Hospitality Schools3,897 Employed
  56. Alabama Respiratory Therapy Schools3,647 Employed
  57. Alabama Sports Medicine Schools3,641 Employed
  58. Alabama Drafting Schools3,640 Employed
  59. Alabama Interior Design Schools3,482 Employed
  60. Alabama Computer Engineering Schools3,472 Employed
  61. Alabama Forestry Schools3,448 Employed
  62. Alabama Carpentry Schools3,385 Employed
  63. Alabama Fire Science Schools3,160 Employed
  64. Alabama Biomedical Engineering Schools3,037 Employed
  65. Alabama Computer Science Schools2,873 Employed
  66. Alabama School Psychology Schools2,870 Employed
  67. Alabama Healthcare Management Schools2,781 Employed
  68. Alabama Occupational Therapy Schools2,645 Employed
  69. Alabama International Business Schools2,544 Employed
  70. Alabama Physical Therapy Schools2,361 Employed
  71. Alabama Paralegal Schools2,265 Employed
  72. Alabama Electrical Engineering Schools2,161 Employed
  73. Alabama X Ray Technician Schools2,060 Employed
  74. Alabama Public Health Schools2,053 Employed
  75. Alabama Sports Management Schools1,886 Employed
  76. Alabama Biochemistry Schools1,857 Employed
  77. Alabama Fashion Design Schools1,810 Employed
  78. Alabama Physician Assistant Schools1,800 Employed
  79. Alabama Surgical Technology Schools1,771 Employed
  80. Alabama Clinical Psychology Schools1,747 Employed
  81. Alabama Mental Health Schools1,716 Employed
  82. Alabama Graphic Design Schools1,580 Employed
  83. Alabama Fashion Marketing Schools1,556 Employed
  84. Alabama Creative Writing Schools1,435 Employed
  85. Alabama Restaurant Management Schools1,435 Employed
  86. Alabama Criminology Schools1,406 Employed
  87. Alabama Industrial Design Schools1,367 Employed
  88. Alabama Supply Chain Management Schools1,367 Employed
  89. Alabama Health Information Management Schools1,320 Employed
  90. Alabama Property Management Schools1,150 Employed
  91. Alabama Physical Therapy Assistant Schools1,136 Employed
  92. Alabama Construction Management Schools1,108 Employed
  93. Alabama Culinary Schools1,093 Employed
  94. Alabama Web Development Schools996 Employed
  95. Alabama Forensic Science Schools993 Employed
  96. Alabama Business Management Schools990 Employed
  97. Alabama Health Information Schools890 Employed
  98. Alabama Gerontology Schools860 Employed
  99. Alabama Sonography Schools745 Employed
  100. Alabama Ultrasound Technology Schools745 Employed
  101. Alabama Organizational Psychology Schools658 Employed
  102. Alabama Ministry Schools561 Employed
  103. Alabama Film Schools560 Employed
  104. Alabama Computer Networking Schools556 Employed
  105. Alabama Court Reporter Schools475 Employed
  106. Alabama Small Business Schools414 Employed
  107. Alabama Homeland Security Schools392 Employed
  108. Alabama Animation Schools349 Employed
  109. Alabama Computer Animation Schools349 Employed
  110. Alabama Video Game Design Schools349 Employed
  111. Alabama Web Design Schools349 Employed
  112. Alabama Computer Programming Schools320 Employed
  113. Alabama Emergency Management Schools292 Employed
  114. Alabama Medical Billing Schools276 Employed
  115. Alabama Dental Hygienist Schools274 Employed
  116. Alabama Christian Counseling Schools227 Employed
  117. Alabama Medical Coding Schools191 Employed
  118. Alabama Fashion Merchandising Schools189 Employed
  119. Alabama Fashion Schools189 Employed
  120. Alabama Video Production Schools129 Employed

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