Columbia has a general population of 84,531 and an overall student population of 48,122. Approximately 31,237 of Columbia's students are enrolled in schools that offer social work programs.
The largest social work school in Columbia, by student population, is University of Missouri-Columbia. Approximately 175 students graduated in 2010 from University of Missouri-Columbia with credentials in social work.
In 2010, 178 students graduated with a social work degree from one of Columbia's social work schools. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $20,741 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Columbia social work schools was an average of $31,832 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,040 for social work related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Columbia-based social work schools, you will have an added expense of $8,150 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
Many social work graduates choose to work as social workers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Columbia, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, there were 5,820 social workers in Missouri. Of these social workers, 150 were working in the greater Columbia area. By the year 2018, the number of social workers is expected to increase by 7% in Columbia. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for social workers.
As a social worker in Columbia, you can expect to make an average salary of $35,850 per year. This is higher than the average salary for social workers in the state.