Social Work Requirements
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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 Hearing Officer, followed by Substance Abuse Social Worker, Derrick Operator, Counseling Psychologist, Correspondent, Sewing Machine Operator, Certified Professional Organizer, Hospitalist, Marriage Therapist, and Healthcare Social Worker.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Substance Abuse Social Worker||5.1%||0.0%||365.5×|
|Sewing Machine Operator||1.3%||0.0%||128.8×|
|Certified Professional Organizer||1.9%||0.0%||120.8×|
|Healthcare Social Worker||3.7%||0.0%||100.3×|
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|
|Jobs that don't require college||66%|