Fairfax has a general population of 21,498 and an overall student population of 32,304. Approximately 32,067 of Fairfax's students are enrolled in schools that offer social work programs.
Fairfax's largest social work school is George Mason University. In 2010, George Mason University graduated approximately 86 students from its social work program.
A reported 86 students graduated with credentials in social work in Fairfax in 2010. Tuition in 2009 at Fairfax's social work schools was $19,314 per year for instate students and $35,298 per year for out of state students.
You should also anticipate spending about $900 for social work related books and supplies every year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $7,700 per year, on average, for room and board at Fairfax-based social work schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $12,024.
Many social work graduates choose to work as social workers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Fairfax, your job prospects are good. In 2010, 1 out of every 1 social workers in Virginia were working in the greater Fairfax area. The government projects that the number of social workers in Fairfax will increase by 24% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for social workers.
As a social worker in Fairfax, you can expect to make an average salary of $54,570 per year. This is higher than the average salary for social workers in the state.