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 Family Social Worker, Healthcare Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Drug & Alcohol Counselor, Counselor, Substance Abuse Social Worker, Childcare Worker, Nanny, and Personal Care Aide.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Social Worker 14.2% 0.5% 28.8×
Family Social Worker 5.1% 0.1% 36.9×
Healthcare Social Worker 5.0% 0.0% 143.9×
Mental Health Counselor 3.8% 0.1% 36.0×
Drug & Alcohol Counselor 2.4% 0.1% 37.2×
Counselor 5.5% 0.3% 16.7×
Substance Abuse Social Worker 3.0% 0.0% 230.1×
Childcare Worker 2.4% 1.0% 2.4×
Nanny 1.8% 0.6% 3.1×
Personal Care Aide 1.2% 0.3% 4.5×

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 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.

Employment Type Proportion of graduates
Jobs that don't require college 34%
Part-Time 28%
Low-paying 10%

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