Careers with an online
Master of Social Work

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 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.

Social work careers are ideal for students already working as case workers, case managers, or mental health assistants. Receiving your MSW online can open up opportunities across a number of practice settings where you can use your skills in a chosen specialty.

Careers can include:

Social Work Supervisor

Median wage: $53,681*

As a social work supervisor, you’ll mentor less experienced social workers and perform an array of administrative duties. You’ll review cases, critique work, and offer guidance to social workers on your team. Employers look for candidates with excellent communication, leadership, and relationship-building skills.

Employers often include:

  • Outpatient care centers

  • Hospitals

  • Community centers

  • Nonprofit organizations

Clinical Social Worker

Median wage: $52,118**

This role is focused on the mental health care needs of individuals, families, couples, and groups with an emphasis on behavioral and emotional disorders. As a clinical social worker, you will share coping strategies and develop treatment plans under a physician’s guidance.

Employers often include:

  • Private practice

  • Physician group practices

  • Individual and family services agencies

Hospice Social Worker

Median wage: $49,321**

Hospice social workers provide emotional and logistical support to individuals and their families facing the end of life. Hospice social workers also provide assistance with insurance, hospice, and Medicaid/Medicare paperwork, as well as help with paperwork after the patient’s death.

Employers often include:

  • Hospitals and nursing homes

  • In-house or in-home hospice companies

  • Private hospice and palliative care settings

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
** Payscale.com