Extend your reach in assisting clients
As a social worker who’s earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, you’ll enjoy the newfound ability to help more individuals at an advanced level. You’re able to assist individuals and communities in fields that were previously closed to you, such as healthcare, and step into leadership roles as a change agent to the future of social work.
Your MSW degree also advances your path to become a licensed clinical social worker and work one-on-one with individuals to assess, diagnose, and treat them within the comfort of your own practice.
Top Fields if You Have an MSW
Recent changes in healthcare, and the ideology and laws surrounding the consequences of substance abuse users, have propelled the social worker’s job outlook. Overall, the field is growing at a higher-than-average rate of 12 percent from 2014 through 2024 with an average salary of $45,900.1 However, if you work in healthcare, substance abuse or mental healthcare, that growth rate jumps to 19 percent1 in the same time period, with salaries well above the average rate.
This umbrella term refers to several groups of social workers including geriatric and medical social workers, as well as those who work in hospice and palliative care. Social workers dedicated to healthcare enjoy improving their clients’ mental outlook and connecting them to resources regarding their current physical state of health. That could mean helping a client accept and live within the abilities of their current condition, which could simply mean slight decreased function, or preparing them and their family to caring for them at the ending stage of their life.
Career Snap Shot of Health Care Social Workers
|Job Growth1||Faster Than Average||19%|
|Median Annual Salary1||Higher Than Average||$52,380|
|Top Industry to Find a Job2||General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||45,070 available jobs|
|Top Paying Industry2||Scientific Research and Development Services||$60,520|
|Top Paying Metropolitan Area to Work2||Vallejo-Fairfield, CA||$84,960|
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Mental health practitioners treat a variety of mental health challenges, from disorders such as anxiety and depression, through daily challenges and situational circumstances such as communication or trauma. Their goal is to help clients improve or overcome current challenges.
Career Snap Shot of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
|Job Growth1||Faster Than Average||19%|
|Median Annual Salary1||Lower Than Average||$42,170|
|Top Industry to Find a Job3||Outpatient Care Centers||24,430 available jobs|
|Top Paying Industry3||Offices of Other Health Practitioners||$66,730|
|Top Paying Metropolitan Area to Work3||Macon, GA||$90,630|
With the rapid increase to the profession, clinical supervisors with advanced skills are needed to responsibly develop future healthcare professionals and improve community outreach, resources and policy on mental healthcare.
Career Snap Shot of a Clinical Supervisor
|Job Growth4||Higher Than Average||17%|
|Median Annual Salary4||Higher Than Average||$94,500|
|Top Industry to Find a Job4||Hospitals; State, Local and Private||123,210 available jobs|
|Top Paying Industry4||Hospitals; State, Local and Private||$102,060|
|Top Paying Metropolitan Area to Work4||San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division||$161,350|
To learn more about the unique Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Sacred Heart University and how it helps you to become a well-rounded leader in social work, Learn More or call us toll free: (877)791-7181.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Social Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm (visited September 21, 2016).
2 http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211022.htm (visited September 21, 2016, page last updated March 2016).
3 http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211023.htm (visited September 21, 2016, page last updated March 2016).
4 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited September 22, 2016).