Columbia has a total population of 116,278 and a student population of 36,645. Of these students, 28,482 are enrolled in schools that offer gerontology programs.
University of South Carolina-Columbia is the largest gerontology school in Columbia, based on student population. In 2010, University of South Carolina-Columbia graduated approximately 4 students with credentials in gerontology.
A reported 4 students graduated with credentials in gerontology in Columbia in 2010. If you decide to attend one of Columbia's gerontology schools, you can expect to pay an average of $21,490 per year in instate tuition and $36,066 per year in out of state tuition.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $936 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a gerontology program in Columbia. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $6,872 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $14,162.
If you decide to work as a gerontologist in Columbia, your job prospects are good. In 2010, of the 38,400 gerontologists in South Carolina, 8,700 were working in the greater Columbia area. By the year 2018, the number of gerontologists is expected to increase by 25% in Columbia. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for gerontologists.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a gerontologist in Columbia is $56,910 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for gerontologists.