Graduate Salary
4-6 years
Avg Length

Social Work Requirements

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 Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Social Work degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Social Work degrees have experience in is Social Worker, followed by Counselor, Family Social Worker, Career Counselor, Healthcare Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Teacher, Counseling Psychologist, Food Server, and Substance Abuse Social Worker.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Social Worker 14.4% 0.5% 29.7×
Counselor 5.4% 0.3% 16.6×
Family Social Worker 5.4% 0.1% 39.2×
Career Counselor 5.2% 0.2% 24.5×
Healthcare Social Worker 5.1% 0.0% 146.5×
Mental Health Counselor 4.3% 0.1% 39.1×
Teacher 4.0% 3.0% 1.4×
Counseling Psychologist 3.7% 0.0% 255.8×
Food Server 3.6% 3.6% 1.0×
Substance Abuse Social Worker 3.3% 0.0% 238.0×

Social Work Salary

Social Work graduates earn on average $30k, putting them in the 10th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $25k
Median (average earners) $30k
75th (top earners) $35k

Social Work Employment

Social Work graduates are moderately underemployed 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.

Employment Type Employment potential
Low-paying 90%
Part-Time 72%
Jobs that don't require college 66%

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