Social Work Degree Guide launches a new, online ranking for the 20 best metro areas in the United States to pursue social work degrees and careers.

POTTSTOWN, Pa., Jan. 20, 2015 — A new article is now available with rankings for 20 of the best cities in the United States to study and find jobs in the social work profession. “20 High-value BSW Degrees in Metro Areas with Top Salaries for Social Workers 2014” was posted to the web by Social Work Degree Guide to provide astute recommendations for interested students.

All of the 20 colleges are fully-accredited, and the article concisely explains the particular strengths of each school. It lists current statistics on expected annual wages for the featured locations along with estimates for 20-year net returns on investment, as predicted by It also includes direct links to the colleges’ program websites for further investigation.

“Our goal was to develop ranking that can help prospective students and parents who seek strong long-term value from a social work degree program,” said website editor Taryn Baer.

The 20 cities named in the article are more than just hosts to colleges with social work degrees; they represent some of the highest-paying regions for professional social workers, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The article is based on the idea that graduates can remain in their region of study to pursue employment in the field. Although social workers do not typically earn high salaries, prospective candidates can gain financial advantages by studying, living and working in certain metro areas.

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Following is the list of 20 recommended colleges and cities for social workers as ranked in the article:

20. Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut: Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW)

19. Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

18. Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

17. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

16. Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Galloway, New Jersey: Baccalaureate Social Work Program

15. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

14. Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

13. Simmons College: Boston, Massachusetts: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

12. St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota: Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW)

11. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois: Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW)

10. Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota: B.A. in Social Work

9. Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

8. Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

7. Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut: B.A. in Social Work

6. Providence College: Providence, Rhode Island: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

5. Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey: B.A. in Social Work

4. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW)

3. Stony Brook University – SUNY, Stony Brook, New York: Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW)

2. Iona College, New Rochelle, New York: B.S. in Social Work

1. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

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