Social workers aim to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. As skilled advocates and collaborators, social workers advance the causes of human dignity, equality and social care.
A Bachelor of Social Work is the minimum educational requirement for entry into the profession. Academic work includes study of social work practice methods; social policies; human behaviour in individuals, families, groups, and communities; and research methods in social work. Postgraduate education leading to a master’s or doctoral degree is also available.
Social Work graduates earn on average $30k, putting them in the 10th percentile of earners with a degree.
Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
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Median (average earners)
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Social Work Underemployment
Social Work graduates are moderately employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.