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Career Opportunities

Social work is one of the more stable, recession-proof career fields in the US. At the same time, current career prospects for professionals with an advanced degree are especially strong because of two emerging trends: America’s rapidly growing senior citizen population is placing an increasing demand for social services in that demographic, while America’s fastest growing population, Latinos, is creating burgeoning opportunities for bilingual social service workers.

According to government predictions, there will be 19% job growth among healthcare and substance abuse social workers and 12% job growth for social work jobs in general from 2014 to 2024 ― faster than the average for all occupations. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Careers in social work offer you some of the most diverse employment opportunities of all professions. Social workers can be found in schools, private clinics, healthcare institutions, welfare agencies, mental health facilities, retirement homes and many other settings. Social work career opportunities include:

  • Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Community Coordinator
  • Family Therapist
  • Human Service Worker
  • Life Skills Counselor
  • Outpatient Health Specialist
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Public Health Manager

Predicted growth in social work jobs between 2014 and 2024
Bureau of Labor Statistics

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The MSW program is recognized by the US News & World Report for best graduate social work programs

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