Careers with a BSW Degree

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate an overall 15% growth rate for the social work profession from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average. The median salary was $46,890 as of May 2016.

Once trained as a generalist with a BSW online degree, you can support the populations you are most passionate about.

Careers can include:

Child, Family, and School
Social Worker

Median wage: $43,250*

As a child, family, and school social worker, you can help improve mental health and well-being through regular visits and counseling, or intervene with resources for children who have been abandoned or abused.

Employers often include:

  • Individual and family services agencies

  • State and local government

  • Elementary and secondary schools

  • Outpatient care centers

Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Social Worker

Median wage: $42,700*

Addiction to alcohol, prescription medications, illegal drugs, or tobacco can have a lasting negative impact unless professional help is available. As a mental health and substance abuse social worker, you can assess client needs to provide treatment options including immediate crisis intervention.

Employers often include:

  • Outpatient care centers

  • Residential facilities

  • Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals

Health Care
Social Worker

Median wage: $53,760*

Dealing with chronic or life-threatening illness can take an emotional toll on individuals and families as physical, social, and financial worries converge. As a health care social worker, you can provide varying degrees of care and case management.

Employers often include:

  • Hospitals and health systems

  • Individual and family services agencies

  • Home health care agencies

  • Skilled nursing facilities

  • Outpatient care centers

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics