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Online Social Work Degree Graduates Work to Help People
Over the past few decades, careers in social work have been gaining credibility and popularity, through broadening studies of the techniques used in the field and their impacts on our society.

Social work is closely tied with psychology, sociology, and social policy, and is one of the most fulfilling areas to work in. There are multiple ways to begin a career in social work, with professional opportunities in a variety of settings, which makes it the perfect career option for a wide array of unique personalities and talents.

THE CAREER PATH

Careers in social work are for those who are interested in collaborating with people, groups, and communities to help them solve problems and overcome the challenges presented by everyday life. Social workers identify the situations, needs, and strengths of their clients. They research and advocate on behalf of their work and those they serve, and they assess and develop programs and services to address the needs identified.

There is a broad range of specialties that fall under the umbrella of social work, a range that continues to expand overtime with our increased understanding of societal health and wellbeing. Social work opportunities are expected to increase by 12% by the year 2024, with the highest growth expected in healthcare positions in addition to jobs in mental health and substance abuse counseling.

There are a variety of professions that fall on the spectrum of social work:

  • Clinical Social Worker - Typically private, therapeutic appointments with individuals, groups or families, to develop strategies for treating disorders or coping with difficult situations and drastic life changes.
  • School Social Worker - Provides resources to improve the academic and social development of students.
  • Children and Family Social Worker - Assists families that may be considered vulnerable or in need of government and/or specialized services.
  • Healthcare Social Worker - Helps patients access services or make adjustments to their environment when confronted with a medical diagnosis or the need for geriatric, hospice, or palliative care.
  • Macro Social Worker - Assess, research, and advocate for the goals and needs of communities and large-scale client-based issues.

Because social work includes a variety of employment opportunities in a broad range of settings from government to private practice, a social worker can earn anywhere from $28,000 to $76,000 each year.

Most individuals who obtain an online bachelor’s in social work seek positions are employed in positions involving direct service in the form of assistantships to other social workers or individual casework; these positions yield an annual salary of $30,000 to $50,000.

Those who further their education and obtain an online master’s in social work may also seek a specialized certificate from the appropriate state’s Board of Social Work. This social work license can open the door to other career opportunities, including clinical practice, healthcare settings, and therapy. These particular specialties earn between $40,000 and $60,000 each year.

WHO IS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE?

To thrive in a social work career, it is essential that the individual be compassionate, with a natural orientation towards service-driven work. They must be great at both listening and talking, as well as active-learning.

Social work places a large emphasis on interpersonal relationships. It demands communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving and identification skills.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR?

In order to be labeled as a professional social worker, one must obtain a bachelor’s degree from a university that has received an accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Undergraduate programs teach students about diverse populations, social welfare policies, and professional ethics.

Those who seek to become licensed social workers will need to further their education and receive a master’s in social work as this is a common requirement in most states.  To find out the exact education needs to earn a license visit your state’s social work licensing board website.

Masters programs largely emphasize the development of clinical and managerial skills. Every level of education will require accompanying fieldwork or internship experience. Typical programs will include coursework that covers topics such as:

  • Social Policy
  • Human Behavior Theories and Sciences
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups
  • Social Work Practice with Communities
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Research Methods

Since established programs must be accredited by the CSWE, you will see a very strict foundation of similar courses when researching your options. It will be important then, to look at other qualities such as networking opportunities, assistance with setting up appropriate internship experience, and overall credit requirements for graduation. 

COST

If you are looking to further your education or receive your licensure, it would be wise to consider some of the programs that allow students with an undergraduate degree in social work to streamline graduate courses into a one-year program to minimize cost.

GetEducated’s rankings reveal that an online bachelor’s in psychology costs around $51,500 while an online master’s in social work costs around $43,000, on average.

For those with a valuable set of people-skills and the natural inclination to make a positive impact on society, the payoff is worth the pricetag in this rewarding field that is full of options that can mold to any personality.


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List of Accredited Online Degrees

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Master of Social Work / Clinical

The Online MSW Program option at Boston University School of Social Work allows applicants interested in a graduate social work education to earn an MSW degree by enrolling in our innovative onlin...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, Not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    65
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Social Work / Macro

The Online MSW Program option at Boston University School of Social Work allows applicants interested in a graduate social work education to earn an MSW degree by enrolling in our innovative onlin...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, Not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    65
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Social Work

The Online MSW Program option at Boston University School of Social Work allows applicants interested in a graduate social work education to earn an MSW degree by enrolling in our innovative onlin...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, Not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    65
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Social Work / Advanced Standing

Social work is a profession dedicated to enhancing the quality of life, the pursuit of social justice, and helping a wide range of individuals to reach their full potential. Social workers are com...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    30
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Social Work / Clinical

As a clinical social worker, you enhance the quality of life of individuals and pursue social justice on behalf of oppressed, vulnerable and impoverished people. You align your call to serve human...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    54
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Social Work

The online Bachelor of Science in Social Work allows you to integrate your faith as you evaluate, engage, and intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communitie...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

MSW - Social Work

Get on track to fulfill your passion for helping others with a Master of Social...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    88
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

DSW - Social Work

This program is for those who have a master's degree in social work from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Capella University's online Docto...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    12
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter

Master of Social Work

The University of New England is an innovative and established leader in the online learning community. All of our online courses offer a multi-dimensional distance learning experience using a stu...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    64
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Social Work

While grounded in the liberal arts, the MSW curriculum at SHU aligns itself to the tenants of social-work and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition of academic excellence. The principles of service ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Social Work

The online Social Work degree from Widener University prepares you to improve both your life and the lives of others through clinical social work and social justice. Trauma is a leading factor in ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    64
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Social Work

The online Master of Social Work degree program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and emphasizes advanced generalist practice in rural and Native America...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Social Work

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for over 25 years, the Bachelor of Social Work degree program is designed to give students first-hand knowledge ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Wesleyan

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Social Work

The online Master of Social Work degree program offers a personal, professional, and innovative experience for all learners seeking to practice social work at the...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Wesleyan

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    66
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Associate in Arts / Social Work

Lenoir Community College’s Associate of Arts degree concentrating in Social Work may be used to pursue careers in many types of public and private organizations providing aid, education, she...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Social Work

The online Bachelor of Social Work degree program focuses on developing an individual’s understanding of differences in ethnicity, culture, race, and gender and on accepting and/or using the...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    123
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Social Work

The online Master of Social Work degree program is aimed at students seeking a rewarding career that enables them to transform lives and help people in areas such as child welfare, substance abuse...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Social Work

The online BSW degree program is focused on practice with rural and indigenous populations of the American southwest: Addressing poverty, structural racism, and oppression

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor Completion
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    6
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester
  • Associate of Arts in Social Work

    The Associate of Arts in Social Work degree offered by Northwest Mississippi Community College is a program of study available to students in a completely online format. This program aims to prepa...

    • Sector of Institution:
      Public, 2-year
    • Religious Affiliation:

      Not applicable

    • Degree Level:
      Associate
    • Delivery format:
      100% Online
    • Credit hrs to complete:
      4
    • Credit Type:
      Per Semester

    Bachelor of Science in Social Work

    Anyone interested in the rewarding field of social work will greatly benefit from a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. This entirely online ...

    • Sector of Institution:
      Public, 4-year or above
    • Religious Affiliation:

      Not applicable

    • Degree Level:
      Bachelor
    • Delivery format:
      100% Online
    • Credit hrs to complete:
      8
    • Credit Type:
      Per Semester

    Associate of Arts in Social Work

    Palo Alto College offers the Associate of Arts in Social Work, the professional activity of helping individuals, groups, and communities enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning. T...

    • Sector of Institution:
      Public, 2-year
    • Religious Affiliation:

      Not applicable

    • Degree Level:
      Associate
    • Delivery format:
      100% Online
    • Credit hrs to complete:
      4
    • Credit Type:
      Per Semester

    Academic Certificate in Child and Family Professional Development

    The Academic Certificate (AC) in Child and Family Professional Development program at Rio Salado College is designed for practitioners in the early childhood, school-age or home visitor field seek...

    • Sector of Institution:
      Public, 2-year
    • Religious Affiliation:

      Not applicable

    • Degree Level:
      Certificate
    • Delivery format:
      100% Online
    • Credit hrs to complete:
      16
    • Credit Type:
      Per Semester Credit

    Master of Social Work

    Rutgers University offers the online Master of Social Work, a degree that prepares students for professional roles in the full array of major human services and advanced social work practice. Grad...

    • Sector of Institution:
      Public, 4-year or above
    • Religious Affiliation:

      Not applicable

    • Degree Level:
      Master
    • Delivery format:
      100% Online
    • Credit hrs to complete:
      60
    • Credit Type:
      Per Semester Credit

    Associate of Arts in Social Work

    South Texas College offers an Associate of Arts in Social Work, a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. Social workers act as advocates for children...

    • Sector of Institution:
      Public, 4-year or above
    • Religious Affiliation:

      Not applicable

    • Degree Level:
      Associate
    • Delivery format:
      100% Online
    • Credit hrs to complete:
      4
    • Credit Type:
      Per Semester

    Master of Social Work

    Temple University offers the Master of Social Work, a program that prepares its graduates for leadership roles in government, schools, primary care clinics, nonprofit organizations, community orga...

    • Sector of Institution:
      Public, 4-year or above
    • Religious Affiliation:

      Not applicable

    • Degree Level:
      Master
    • Delivery format:
      Mostly Online
    • Credit hrs to complete:
      60
    • Credit Type:
      Per Semester Credit

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