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MSW Social Worker Job Outlook

MSW Social Worker Job Outlook

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.

Healthcare

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

Clinical Supervisors

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.

Citations

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).