Make a Difference in Your Community and Career With an MSW.
Whether you currently work in the field or have the desire to start, the Master of Social Work degree from Our Lady of the Lake University can help you help others. As a social worker, you play an integral role in your community, empowering those in need to address the issues they face. Using the detailed knowledge provided with our focus on the Hispanic Population, you’ll be uniquely positioned to meet the needs of this rapidly growing community when you earn your MSW from OLLU.
Social workers with a master’s degree qualify themselves for the most impactful jobs in the profession. The job outlook for those with an MSW is strong, with employment projected to grow at a rate much faster than average over the next decade. You can pursue career paths in a variety of arenas, including health care, mental health, substance abuse, education and more.
- 11% projected employment growth from 2018 to 20281
- 18% projected employment growth for mental health and substance abuse social workers from 2018 to 2028 (highest among all social work specializations)1
MSW graduates have a positive job outlook. In fact, professionals with the MSW credential earn more than $13,000 more each year than BSW graduates,2 and a graduate degree has become a necessity for many types of practice. Earning a master’s degree sets you up for career success as you help others.
Medical/Clinical Social Worker:
As a clinical social worker, you would help clients and their family members deal with difficult situations, as well as diagnose and treat emotional disorders and mental or behavioral problems.3 This position would require LCSW licensure, and thus completion of the licensed social worker exam following graduation.
Social and Community Service Manager:
As a social service manager, you would coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. The highest 10 percent earn more than $111,150 per year.4
Additional roles for Master of Social Work graduates:
- Mental Health Social Worker
- Marriage/Family Therapist
- Child, Family, and School Social Worker
- Substance Abuse Social Worker
- Crisis Intervention
- Program/Clinical Director
- Policy/Advocacy Social Worker
- Evaluation and Research Case Manager
- Human Services Worker
- Outpatient Health Specialist
- Public Health Manager
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Applicable Skills: Put Your Knowledge to Work
When you complete this program, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate ethical principles, critical thinking and knowledge of human behavior in your work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
- Apply a culturally competent perspective to your work with diverse communities
- Analyze, formulate, advocate for and collaborate on social policy, advancing human rights and social justice
- Conduct practice engagements, assessments, interventions and evaluations
Career Planning and Assessment
OLLU’s Center for Career Development and Testing (CCDT) is committed to supporting you in your spiritual, personal, academic and professional growth.
We offer testing, assessment, certification and professional development in accordance with the National College Testing Association’s (NCTA) professional and ethical guidelines.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Social Workers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 25, 2019 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm.
- National Association of Social Workers (2021). Social Work Salaries. Retrieved August 25, 2021 from https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers/Career-Center/Kickstart-Your-Job-Hunt/Social-Work-Salaries.
- Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Social and Community Service Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 25, 2019 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/social-and-community-service-managers.htm.