- 71.8% of 26,691 job postings for social workers requested an MSW degree1
- 16% job-growth rate is expected for the industry between 2016 and 20262, more than double the national average
- 92.7% of MSW graduates recommend the profession to others3
MSW Careers, Titles, and New Roles Available
Ignite your passion for helping others by pursuing your master's degree in social work. This program can open doors to roles and industries not available to those holding only an undergraduate degree. Graduate with the skills you need to work directly with clients and gain autonomy in your treatment plans.
Below are some of the career titles*, overarching responsibilities, and salaries available to you as a graduate of our Master of Social Work degree program.
Clinical Social Worker*
Social and Community Service Manager
Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs within communities and corporate organizations, such as healthcare companies. They work to implement and evaluate social service programs as well as manage those who provide those services to the public.
Much of the growth in this occupation is the result of an aging population. Employment opportunities will expand the most in industries that serve the elderly or persons with disabilities, like adult daycare, insurance agencies, and meal services.
18% Job Growth2 | Advertised Mean Salary: $64,1004
Child, Family, and School Social Worker*
These social workers engage with families to further their well-being. They work to strengthen parenting skills, prevent child abuse, and identify permanent and temporary homes for abandoned or abused children.
In schools, they work with teachers and families to maximize the academic functioning of children. They also address teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy.
14% Job Growth2 | Advertised Mean Salary: $53,5691
Healthcare Social Worker*
Healthcare social workers often work in settings such as hospice care, hospitals, and long-term care facilities, though a new trend shows growth within insurance agencies as well.
Typically, their role is to provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. They advise family members who act as caregivers in how to make sound decisions that benefit everyone, provide patients with education and counseling, and make referrals for other services. They may also provide care, case management, or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers that inhibit access to healthcare.
20% Job Growth2 | Advertised Mean Salary: $64,6991
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker*
Employment in this sector is projected to grow much faster than average when compared to other U.S. occupations.5 In this role, social workers assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities to help people better their mental state and take control of their addiction may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education. Additional licensing may be required.
15% Job Growth5 | Advertised Median Salary: $43,2505
A newer title to social workers with an MSW degree in that of a corporate social worker. It's gaining popularity in larger companies, non-profits, and insurance agencies.
Organizations are realizing the skill sets they desire most in leadership — strong interpersonal skills, unwavering ethics, and an ability to cultivate cultural diversity — can be found in professionals who also understand how to build positive relationships, motivate employees, and offer employee assistance in support of work-life balance in a number of areas.
For instance, social workers are expertly prepared to implement and evaluate programs that span a range of challenges employees face outside of work, from domestic violence and substance abuse to adoption, divorce, or other mental health challenges. They are also a solid fit for companies who look to promote social responsibility as part of their culture.
Is Getting the MSW Degree Worth It?
Pursuing an MSW degree is a serious commitment, but graduates deem it worthy of the investment. The results of the 2017 National Social Work Workforce Study of New Social Workers show that social workers are happy with the in-depth knowledge they gained and ability to work in various settings with diverse populations.
The report also showed:
- 95% work in social work positions
- 92.7% recommend the profession to others
- 92% worked in direct practice with individuals, families or groups
- 91.1% were satisfied with their position
- 84.7% found jobs locally
Top-Paying Industries for MSW Graduates
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports these are the top-five paying industries for social workers.2
Annual Mean Wage
- Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
- Engage diversity and difference in practice
- Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
- Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
- Engage in policy practice
- Assess, intervene, and evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities