Chester has a general population of 36,854 and an overall student population of 4,814. Approximately 4,814 of Chester's students are enrolled in schools that offer social work programs.
The largest social work school in Chester, by student population, is Widener University-Main Campus. In 2010, approximately 107 students graduated from the Social Work program at Widener University-Main Campus.
In 2010, 107 students graduated with a social work degree in Chester. If you decide to attend a social work school in Chester, you can expect to pay an average yearly tuition of $31,840.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,200 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a social work program in Chester. And if you live on campus at one of the Chester-based social work schools, you will have an added expense of $11,270 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $35,335.
Many social work graduates choose to work as social workers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Chester, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, 1 out of every 2 social workers in Pennsylvania were working in the greater Chester area. The number of social workers in Chester is expected to increase by 5% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for social workers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a social worker in Chester is $40,160 per year, which is higher than the average for social workers state-wide.