Jackson has a general population of 184,256 and an overall student population of 16,993. Approximately 8,783 of Jackson's students are enrolled in schools that offer social work programs.
Jackson State University is the largest social work school in Jackson, based on student population. In 2010, Jackson State University graduated approximately 91 students with credentials in social work.
In 2010, 91 students graduated with a social work degree from one of Jackson's social work schools. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $17,127 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Jackson social work schools was an average of $23,851 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $2,100 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a social work program in Jackson. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $6,196 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $11,634.
Many social work graduates choose to work as social workers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Jackson, your job prospects are good. In 2010, of the 2,560 social workers in Mississippi, 780 were working in the greater Jackson area. Jackson's social worker workforce is projected to increase by 14% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for social workers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a social worker in Jackson is $30,820 per year, which is higher than the average for social workers state-wide.