Altoona, PA (population: 45,489) has twenty-one social work schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Hood College, the highest ranked school in this group with a social work program, has a total student population of 2,493. It is the 271st highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Maryland (#1 is Johns Hopkins University). To learn more about social work programs in Altoona, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of social work professors at Hood College such as Joy Ernst, and Lynda Sowbel.
Social Work students from Altoona 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.
Altoona lies in Blair county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Altoona area has 57,240 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.9% unemployment rate, $16.03/hr average worker wage, and a $33,340 average annual salary.
Of the 21 social work schools with a 100-mile radius of Altoona, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Elizabethtown College comes out as the most expensive ($24,269/yr) for social work students, with Community College of Allegheny County as the lowest, reported at only $6,309/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Altoona|
|State College||PA||-||2||29.8064||24||34.5 miles|
|Bel Air||MD||-||2||17.834||59||68.0 miles|