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Gerontology Schools

As a professor or instructor of gerontology classes at one of the 199 accredited gerontology schools in the country, you play a influential role in shaping the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in gerontology academia which includes gerontology training at the following levels:

  • Gerontology Certificate
  • Associates degree in Gerontology
  • Bachelors degree in Gerontology
  • Masters degree in Gerontology
  • PhD degree in Gerontology


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Gerontology professionals

3,100,170 3,159,150 3,268,410 3,334,250 3,420,460
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

3,420,460 gerontology professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of gerontology professionals has grown by 10%.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Gerontology professionals

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The median yearly salary earned by gerontology professionals, in 2010, was $64,634. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for gerontology professionals in the US was 6% more than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Gerontology

$55,890 $58,312 $61,688 $62,670 $64,634
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

There has been a 16% growth in gerontology professionals' salaries from 2006 to 2010.

Educational Trends

National Gerontology Student enrollment growth by degree

86 87 80 73 70
227 206 263 226 233
19 31 24 21 14
292 257 267 308 353
321 263 329 384 337
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Gerontology
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Gerontology
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Gerontology
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Gerontology
  • Grey: Certificate in Gerontology

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for gerontology professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the US, 945 students graduated from gerontology degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 1,007 students graduated from gerontology schools.

This represents a 7% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from gerontology courses is less than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Gerontology Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that while student graduation is up, the number of schools offering gerontology programs has also increased. In 2006 there were 197 gerontology schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 199 schools.

Gerontology Faculty Salaries

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