Durham has a general population of 187,035 and an overall student population of 29,266. Approximately 8,587 of Durham's students are enrolled in schools that offer social work programs.
North Carolina Central University is the largest social work school in Durham, based on student population. In 2010, North Carolina Central University graduated approximately 42 students with credentials in social work.
In 2010, 42 students graduated with a social work degree in Durham. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $15,260 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Durham social work schools was an average of $25,329 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,500 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a social work program in Durham. And if you live on campus at one of the Durham-based social work schools, you will have an added expense of $6,530 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $8,132.
Many social work graduates choose to work as social workers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Durham, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, there were 10,240 social workers in North Carolina. Of these social workers, 1,090 were working in the greater Durham area. Durham's social worker workforce is projected to increase by 6% 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 Durham is $41,860 per year, which is higher than the average for social workers state-wide.