After BSU: Using Your Social Work Degree

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupation Lookout Handbook: Social Work will add more than 100,000 jobs by the year 2022, which indicates a growth rate that is “faster than the average for all occupations.”

How Social Workers are a Service to Society

Social workers help individuals, families and members of groups and communities restore their capabilities to function in society. The field of social work focuses on interactions between people and the societal institutions that impact a person’s ability to accomplish essential life tasks and realize goals. Social workers are trained to help people improve their developmental capabilities, problem-solving skills and coping mechanisms. Professionals in this field strive to create conditions that are conducive to attaining these goals.

Social Work’s Impact on Society

Social workers connect people with systems and institutions that provide services, resources, support and opportunities for individuals and families. Licensed social workers have a broad array of career options such as:

  • County human services: child welfare, adults, elderly, program manager
  • Community nonprofit organizations: youth, families, women, ethnic groups, elderly, program manager
  • Schools: special education, chemical dependency, mental health counseling, school social worker
  • Medical: hospitals, hospice, clinics, long-term care, program management
  • Criminal justice: probation, juvenile centers, truancy intervention, program manager
  • Elderly: nursing homes, adult day centers, senior centers, program manager
  • Chemical dependency: in-patient, out-patient, halfway houses, prevention, program manager
  • Mental health centers: in-home, counseling, case management, program manager
  • Tribal social services
  • Social justice and social action
  • Services for the developmentally disabled

Projected Job Growth

2018-2028 Project Job Growth
Healthcare Social Workers +17%
Child, Family, School Social Workers +7%
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Workers +18%
All Social Workers +11%

Projected Income

Average Salary for Social Workers in Minnesota
Healthcare Social Worker $58,530
Child, Family, School Social Worker $54,310
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker $51,860
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists $63,380

Source:  *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social Workers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-socialservice/social-workers.htm (February 2020).


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