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Why Be A Social Worker

Social work is just one of the many career paths that involve personally helping people. With a solid job-growth rate, a dynamic client base, and an established need in a variety of government, nonprofit and commercial sectors, professionals find their career in social work to be fulfilling. Read on for a snapshot of the career and salary opportunities that await you as a social worker.

Why Be a Social Worker?

Many jobs involve helping people, so why should you consider social work?

Here are a few reasons:

  • Job Outlook through 2024: 12% increase | +74,800 jobs
  • 2015 Median Pay: $45,900

NASW Salary Recommendations

Bachelor of Social Work

<1 Year

  • Low | @$32,000
  • Mid | @$40,000
  • High | @$47,000

1–4 Years

  • Low | @$36,000
  • Mid | @$45,000
  • High | @$52,000

5–9 Years

  • Low | @$38,000
  • Mid | @$46,000
  • High | @$55,000

Master of Social Work

<1 Year

  • Low | @$43,000
  • Mid | @$50,000
  • High | @$55,000

1–4 Years

  • Low | @$46,000
  • Mid | @$55,000
  • High | @$64,000

5–9 Years

  • Low | @$53,000
  • Mid | @$62,000
  • High | @$71,000

Personally Rewarding

  • 84% of social workers report having “high job meaning”
  • 74% of social workers report “high job satisfaction”

Types of Social Workers

  • Medical Social Workers
  • Child, Family and School Social Workers
  • U.S. Military Social Workers
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
  • Social Work Administrators/Researchers
  • Community Social Workers

Ready to Take The Next Step?

Discover Our Lady of the Lake University’s Master of Social Work program. Develop skills that can help you make a difference in people’s lives and set yourself up for a long, rewarding career.