Hickory, NC (population: 42,082) has twenty-one social work schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Appalachian State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a social work program, has a total student population of 16,968. It is the 130th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state . To learn more about social work programs in Hickory, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of social work professors at Appalachian State University such as Kellie Ashcraft, Sally Brocksen, Tiffany Christian, Denise Dews, Sarah Donovan, and Griff Gilbert.
Social Work students from Hickory schools who go on to become social work case managers, social workers, social scientists, health and social service managers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 73,250 people working as social workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,470. Also, Community and social services employees make on average $42,750 per year and there are about 1,891,320 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area alone, there are 1,950 employed community and social services employees earning an average salary of $38,440. Social workers in this area earn $34,290/yr and there are 50 employed.
Hickory lies in Catawba county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area has 144,150 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $16.84/hr average worker wage, and a $35,020 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.338 out of every 1000 jobs in Hickory are held by social workers, and 13.536/1000 are held by community and social services employees.
Of the 21 social work schools with a 100-mile radius of Hickory, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Warren Wilson College comes out as the most expensive ($24,057/yr) for social work students, with South Piedmont Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,662/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Hickory|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||42.1 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||57.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||65.7 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||76.4 miles|