Career Choices for Social Work Majors
Education in social work prepares students for careers working with children, youth families and adults.

Possible Fields of Practice

  • Aging & Gerontology
  • Child Welfare& Family Services
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Health Care
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Justice & Correction
  • Policy Planning
  • School Social Work
  • Politics/Public Welfare

Quick Facts: Social Work Employability

Entry-Level EducationBachelor’s Degree
2018 Median Pay$49,470 per year
Job Outlook 2018-2028Up 11% (much faster than average)
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2018)

Social workers help people cope with challenges in their lives. They help with a wide range of situations, such as adopting a child or being diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Advocacy is an important aspect of social work. Social workers advocate or raise awareness with and on behalf of their clients and the social work profession on local, state, and national levels. ~

Post PSU Possibilities Junior Panel Day

PSU Social Work BSWs have the opportunity to attend a variety of colleges to receive a master’s degree with a  4+1 agreement.    *Certain conditions apply.