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Social workers enable clients to identify and work through the particular struggles or difficulties they face in their lives. They do this by creating steps for action, offering support, and providing resources to help people find better ways to manage and cope with their difficult circumstances

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Schools with Social Worker Programs

The following social worker programs offer bachelor's degrees in social work, which is the minimum educational requirement for a social worker. Some employers may consider an applicant who has a bachelor's degree in a related field, such as sociology or psychology.

  • Brandman University: This university, located in Irvine, California, offers an on-campus and online version of their Bachelor of Arts in social work program.
  • Portland State University: This state university in Portland, Oregon trains individuals to assume roles of generalist social workers within diverse populations.
  • San Francisco State University: The goal of this on-campus program is to prepare graduates to work as social workers, particularly in urban settings.
  • The University of Pittsburgh: The School of Social work at this university prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of social work settings.
  • The University of Texas: This state university offers a bachelor's of social work at their Austin campus that includes 480 clock hours of fieldwork in a social services agency.

Social Worker Education Requirements

A bachelor's degree in social work is typically needed to enter the field, although a degree in psychology, sociology or another field may enable some people to seek entry-level positions. A master's degree in social work may be more desirable in some cases.

For example, those who want to go into clinical work or find positions in school settings should pursue a master's degree in social work. Some jobs might require a master's degree with an emphasis in a certain area, such as administration or social welfare policy. If you intend to go into research or seek a university teaching position, a doctorate in social work is usually the requirement.

Social Worker Training and Coursework

Coursework within a bachelor's degree program is designed to help you approach culturally diverse, at-risk populations with professionalism and knowledge. Courses that train you how to become a social worker typically focus on the following areas:

  • Social work values and ethics
  • Working with cultural diversity
  • Social and economic justice
  • Human behavior and the social environment
  • Social welfare policy and services

Beyond in-class learning, accredited social work programs require a minimum 400 hours of field experience. To become a licensed clinical social worker, most states require two years or 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work. All states have licensing, certification, and registration requirements, and you should be aware of your state's rules before committing to a degree program.

Advancing to a supervisory position typically means earning an additional degree and attaining more years of work experience. Going into private practice requires earning a master's degree and undergoing a period of supervised work.

Social Worker Resources

Sources:

  1. Brandman University, https://www.brandman.edu/arts-sciences/ba-social-work
  2. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social Workers, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm
  3. The Certified Social Work Case Manager, National Association of Social Workers. https://www.socialworkers.org/credentials/specialty/c-swcm.asp
  4. How Does a Social Worker Obtain a License? USC Social Work Virtual Academic Center, https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/how-does-a-social-worker-obtain-a-license/
  5. Portland State University, https://www.pdx.edu/ssw/bachelors-in-social-work
  6. San Francisco State University, http://socwork.sfsu.edu/content/basw-program-information
  7. University of Pittsburgh, http://www.socialwork.pitt.edu/
    University of Texas, https://socialwork.utexas.edu/bsw/

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Social Workers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Social Workers jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 90 $71,100
Hoover 90 $71,100
Montgomery 50 $41,100
Tuscaloosa 50 $71,110
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 80 $72,110
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 930 $59,630
Mesa 930 $59,630
Phoenix 930 $59,630
Tucson 190 $61,310
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 280 $51,200
North Little Rock 280 $51,200
Little Rock 280 $51,200
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 2180 $68,620
Los Angeles 2180 $68,620
Long Beach 2180 $68,620
San Francisco 1540 $77,380
Hayward 1540 $77,380
Oakland 1540 $77,380
Riverside 1500 $65,190
Ontario 1500 $65,190
San Bernardino 1500 $65,190
Porterville 840 $44,570
Visalia 840 $44,570
Arcade 790 $73,320
Roseville 790 $73,320
Sacramento 790 $73,320
Arden 790 $73,320
Ventura 400 $54,500
Oxnard 400 $54,500
Thousand Oaks 400 $54,500
Fresno 390 $55,500
Lodi 310 $33,610
Stockton 310 $33,610
Santa Maria 230 $60,160
Santa Barbara 230 $60,160
Vallejo 180 $67,660
Fairfield 180 $67,660
Santa Cruz 130 $84,280
Watsonville 130 $84,280
Chico 110 $51,260
Redding 110 $51,360
Modesto 90 $59,100
Madera 50 $58,200
Yuba City 50 $59,600
Bakersfield N/A $46,290
Santa Clara N/A $88,690
San Jose N/A $88,690
Sunnyvale N/A $88,690
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 420 $59,250
Denver 420 $59,250
Aurora 420 $59,250
Boulder 170 $38,750
Colorado Springs 170 $67,230
Greeley 80 $33,120
Fort Collins 70 $37,100
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Haven 120 $71,400
East Hartford N/A $50,770
West Hartford N/A $50,770
Hartford N/A $50,770
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 500 $67,390
West Palm Beach 500 $67,390
Miami 500 $67,390
Tampa 300 $69,140
Clearwater 300 $69,140
St. Petersburg 300 $69,140
Sanford 190 $71,110
Kissimmee 190 $71,110
Orlando 190 $71,110
Gainesville 120 $71,050
Jacksonville 100 $73,070
Cape Coral 40 $63,210
Fort Myers 40 $63,210
Tallahassee 40 $66,030
Brent 40 $78,110
Pensacola 40 $78,110
Ferry Pass 40 $78,110
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 650 $60,840
Sandy Springs 650 $60,840
Atlanta 650 $60,840
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 200 $78,670
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 210 $58,060
Rockford 140 $51,330
Peoria 90 $60,620
Carbondale 80 $68,980
Marion 80 $68,980
Decatur 70 N/A
Kankakee 60 $62,650
Urbana 50 $48,170
Champaign 50 $48,170
Bloomington 30 $63,140
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 210 $65,490
Anderson 210 $65,490
Carmel 210 $65,490
Fort Wayne 40 $69,120
Elkhart 30 $30,410
Goshen 30 $30,410
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 150 $69,120
Des Moines 150 $69,120
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Topeka 90 $43,300
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 290 $47,040
New Orleans 290 $47,040
Baton Rouge 210 $51,220
Alexandria 80 $67,150
Bossier City 60 $75,040
Shreveport 60 $75,040
Lafayette 50 $40,440
Lake Charles 30 $26,070
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 130 $42,010
South Portland 130 $42,010
Bangor 70 $48,890
Auburn 60 $48,170
Lewiston 60 $48,170
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 530 $60,300
Columbia 530 $60,300
Baltimore 530 $60,300
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 330 $61,480
Dearborn 330 $61,480
Detroit 330 $61,480
Ann Arbor 90 $73,050
Wyoming 60 $45,060
Grand Rapids 60 $45,060
East Lansing 30 $54,540
Lansing 30 $54,540
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 80 $73,060
Biloxi 80 $73,060
Gulfport 80 $73,060
Jackson N/A $38,450
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 80 $36,890
Springfield 40 $37,240
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 80 $36,340
Great Falls 70 $35,260
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 70 $57,790
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Reno 110 $71,020
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bridgeton 40 $60,110
Vineland 40 $60,110
Trenton 30 $59,340
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 200 $55,290
Santa Fe 150 $51,350
Las Cruces 30 $49,770
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 660 $55,700
Niagara Falls 510 $55,890
Buffalo 510 $55,890
Cheektowaga 510 $55,890
Albany 510 $65,500
Troy 510 $65,500
Schenectady 510 $65,500
Syracuse 390 $60,230
Rome 180 $51,150
Utica 180 $51,150
Binghamton 150 $51,930
Kingston 110 $57,520
Watertown 100 $57,540
Fort Drum 100 $57,540
Glens Falls 50 $48,170
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 50 $32,110
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 120 $53,690
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 610 $46,730
Cleveland 610 $46,730
Columbus 590 $46,340
Akron 240 $37,520
Dayton 160 $67,080
Toledo 140 $43,590
Mansfield 120 $44,940
Canton 70 $36,600
Massillon 70 $36,600
Springfield N/A $35,820
Lima N/A $53,390
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 200 $48,980
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 180 $44,420
Medford 140 $53,670
Eugene 100 $53,670
Redmond 60 $46,560
Bend 60 $46,560
Grants Pass 40 $46,570
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 260 $60,450
Scranton 80 $65,180
Wilkes 80 $65,180
Barre 80 $65,180
Hazleton 80 $65,180
Lancaster 60 $46,420
Erie 50 $67,160
Harrisburg 40 $51,350
Carlisle 40 $51,350
Altoona 40 $71,110
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 1230 $27,520
Caguas 1230 $27,520
San Juan 1230 $27,520
Ponce 150 $22,450
Isabela 30 $21,080
Aguadilla 30 $21,080
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 880 $40,810
North Charleston 540 $44,010
Charleston 540 $44,010
Anderson 450 $39,990
Mauldin 450 $39,990
Greenville 450 $39,990
Florence 160 $38,290
Beaufort 50 $41,450
Hilton Head Island 50 $41,450
Bluffton 50 $41,450
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 270 $65,180
Murfreesboro 270 $65,180
Davidson 270 $65,180
Nashville 270 $65,180
Knoxville 160 $35,640
Johnson City 80 $69,120
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 350 $75,160
Fort Worth 350 $75,160
Dallas 350 $75,160
New Braunfels 260 $73,370
San Antonio 260 $73,370
Sugar Land 230 $82,860
The Woodlands 230 $82,860
Houston 230 $82,860
Killeen 180 $75,740
Temple 180 $75,740
Austin 140 $47,680
Round Rock 140 $47,680
El Paso 120 $75,730
Waco 60 $59,240
Amarillo 40 $65,180
Lubbock N/A $53,140
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 260 $48,970
Clearfield 80 $36,580
Ogden 80 $36,580
Orem 70 $39,540
Provo 70 $39,540
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington N/A $40,540
Burlington N/A $40,540
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 150 $66,560
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 480 $71,790
Bellevue 480 $71,790
Tacoma 480 $71,790
Spokane Valley 60 $67,150
Spokane 60 $67,150
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Beckley 50 $63,210
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 310 $60,040
West Allis 240 $61,330
Milwaukee 240 $61,330
Waukesha 240 $61,330

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Social Workers

To find out more about building a career as Social Workers, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Most Popular Industries for :
Social Workers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Government 33,550 49% $53,560
Social Service 15,850 23% $35,460
Hospital 4,800 7% $55,190
Nursing And Residential Care 4,040 5% $37,590
Medical Office 2,460 3% $40,440
Non-profit 2,320 3% $36,290
Education 1,990 2% $48,720
Business Management 1,000 1% $40,500
Professional And Technical Services 870 1% $38,410
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