“There’s not enough social workers” said Samantha Dutton, PhD, LCSW, Lt Col (Ret), associate dean of Social Sciences at University of Phoenix (UOPX), “If you want to be a social worker, now is the time.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in social work is projected to grow 12% from 2020 to 2030. This is faster than the average for all occupations and translates to “about 78,300 openings for social workers projected each year, on average, over the decade.”
Job prospects in social work correlate with social needs that are likely to develop in the next decade. An aging population, for example, makes geriatric social work especially relevant. Rural areas in the U.S. are generally less serviced than urban areas, making social workers highly sought in more remote parts of the country.
In addition, changing standards of educational access have created a demand for social workers in schools who can assist children with disabilities integrate into mainstream schools.
Here are a few of the careers a Bachelor of Science in social work can educationally prepare you for:
- Social and community services manger
- Child protective services social worker
- Family protection specialist
- Family servicer worker
- Children’s social worker
- School social worker
- Foster care social worker
Taking all the different types of social work into account, the salary range for the profession was $33,020 to $85,820, according to May 2020 data from BLS. Please note that this data does not distinguish between bachelor and master’s level social workers and is not specific to UOPX students and may depend on location, experience and a number of other factors.