Are you wondering if the cost to complete the degree be worth it?
Will the knowledge I obtain serve me in my career?
To ease some common concerns, below is a comprehensive list of benefits that a Masters in Social Work can provide:
One of the main reasons people choose to pursue an MSW is to increase their overall salary. The 2016, the median annual wage for social workers was $46,890, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With a masters degree, social workers can reach an annual pay of more than $78,510, placing them in the top earning percentile.
MSW Required Positions
An incredibly important point to make is that certain careers within the social work field simply will not hire you unless you have your Masters already. For example, if you are looking to become a school social worker, it would usually be required that you graduate with your MSW before you even apply.
Although there are positions available in the social work field to those who have only a bachelor’s degree, in order to move up into a higher position, and to obtain greater responsibility with clients, an MSW will most likely be required.
In order to become a licensed clinical social worker, which is the goal of many people in the field, you will need to complete an internship and your Masters in Social Work.
There are many positive outcomes as a result of getting licensed such as credibility, legal rights, insurance rights and the ability to work independently.
Teaching and Research
If at some point your goal is to teach social work related courses, you will at least need an MSW. Usually, you can teach at the community college level with a Masters.
If your hope is to teach at the university level, obtain tenure and/or conduct research within the field, you will need to eventually obtain your Ph.D. as well.
When you obtain your MSW, you can be proud of the hard work you put in and the pertinent knowledge that you have gained. An MSW will allow you to develop hands-on, relevant skills that will be able to be directly applied to your future work with clients.
You will gain broad social work knowledge, learn about yourself (strengths, weaknesses and where your passion truly lies) and can choose a curriculum specialization that is tailored to your specific career goals.
Completing an MSW provides multiple, vital networking opportunities. You will be connected with professors who have been working in the field for years and have been doing ground-breaking research in a variety of areas. You will also be able to create a great network with your fellow classmates, especially if you’re doing an online program.
Online programs allow for students from all walks of life – location, age, and professional background – to connect with each other and learn from one another’s experiences. Finally, in your MSW program, you will have to complete an internship. Not only does this allow for hands-on experience, but it also allows for you to prove your work ethic to an employer. Many times an internship can lead to a full-time position once you graduate.