To date, we’ve asked 52 current and past social work students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

Majors can be changed, but why not start out with the right one.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a social work degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a social work degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are social work students compared to other degrees?

Overall, social work students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.4 out of 5. This is high compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, social work students rate their happiness similarly to students in Visual and Performing Arts, Health and Medical Administrative Services and Environmental Science.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to social work

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Clinical, Counseling, and Applied Psychology$49,669
Healthcare Management$58,719
Environmental Science$51,620
Social Work$43,621
Visual and Performing Arts$53,797
Health and Medical Administrative Services$54,770
Natural Resource Conservation and Related Studies$56,187
Business$81,044
Political Science$84,263

Let's break that down further.

Are social work students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.7 out of 5 stars
68 ratings
5 stars
32%
4 stars
28%
3 stars
26%
2 stars
4%
1 stars
9%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
68 ratings
5 stars
28%
4 stars
24%
3 stars
22%
2 stars
16%
1 stars
10%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in social work experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did social work graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what social work grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.1 out of 5 stars
64 ratings
5 stars
17%
4 stars
16%
3 stars
41%
2 stars
16%
1 stars
11%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were social work students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
52 ratings
5 stars
25%
4 stars
25%
3 stars
25%
2 stars
15%
1 stars
10%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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