3 Statistics That Will Make You Go 'Hey, a Master's Degree in Social Work is Totally for Me'

3 Statistics That Will Make You Go 'Hey, a Master's Degree in Social Work is Totally for Me'

When you're wondering where to go with your career, you might be considering social work and thinking, "Maybe?" But Jay Taylor, LCSW, clinical director of the Masters of Social Work (MSW) Program here at Fairfield University, recently shared some fascinating statistics with us that experts discovered in a nationwide survey of graduates in the field. We think they'll help make your decision a no-brainer, so we've spread them out for you short and sweet below.

1.  92% of MSW graduates would recommend a career in social work.

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Why is that? The better question is, how much time do you have? If you have a lot of interests, an MSW on your resume could give you flexibility of job opportunities. You'll also have a broad base of knowledge to apply to any of those careers you can pursue, or simply for your own personal growth. And if social justice is a priority? A masters degree in social work is naturally oriented toward helping the lives of individuals and communities improve.

2.  92% of them said they were satisfied with their careers.

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Who doesn't want a job that's emotionally fulfilling? MSW graduates can work in activism to improve the quality of life in their local communities, be advocates that help vulnerable children grow up living better lives than they might without a social worker's support, or even gear up for a career in politics that could change the world. And who wouldn't want a job that's economically sound? Some social work careers, like speech pathology or school social work, can pay an average salary of $70,000 per year.

3.  And 95% of them go on to employment after graduation.

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That stat speaks for itself, future social worker. The demand for social work professionals is only growing, and with a MSW, you can be uniquely qualified, and infinitely employable. So once you're done with your studies, throw your graduation cap in the air, then pack your briefcase. You'll have a job before you can say, "Summa cum laude."
Bonus stat: 100% of Fairfield University MSW graduates will make a difference in the world. Okay, that one's just us having fun, our Fairfield University Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions will begin making that statistic a reality when the master's degree in social work program begins in Fall 2019.

Last Modified: 05-24-2021 02:40 PM

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