Online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Career Outlook

Winthrop University’s M.S.W. program is CSWE-accredited, an illustration that it meets professional standards of performance, integrity and quality and has been designed to prepare you for the next step of your career. 

Positions for social workers are expected to grow 15 percent by 2026, much faster than the average growth across all professions.1 Roles for social workers pay a median $46,890 per year.2 The M.S.W. degree will prepare you for advanced roles in which you can make an even greater impact and can open up new employment opportunities.

As a social worker, you play an important role that touches many people’s lives. Your work helps people, communities and organizations address and affirm their strengths and capacities and identify, address and overcome challenges. This rewarding field offers a growing range of job opportunities in diverse practice areas such as:

  • Aging
  • Behavioral Health
  • Child Welfare
  • Clinical Social Work
  • Community Organizing
  • Ethnicity & Race
  • International Development
  • Interpersonal Violence & Sexual Assault
  • LGBT
  • Medical & Health
  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse
  • Military & Veterans
  • Palliative Care & Hospice
  • Policy Planning
  • Psychiatric Social Work
  • School Social Work
  • Social Work Safety

Social work roles include:

  • Activist
  • Advocate
  • Broker
  • Catalyst
  • Convener
  • Coordinator
  • Educator
  • Enabler
  • Facilitator
  • Initiator
  • Mediator
  • Outreach
  • Planner
  • Researcher
  • Scholar
  • Speaker
  • Trainer

Winthrop’s M.S.W. graduates have secured a variety of roles as specialized social workers in school, psychiatric, hospice and other environments. Others work in healthcare as counselors, case managers or program directors for community medical centers and related facilities. 

To learn more about how Winthrop’s M.S.W. can help you advance your career as a specialized social worker, contact a program manager toll-free at 833-257-1704 with any questions or request more information today.

1,2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook,