The careers and professions available to graduates with a MSW degree are extensive and include direct/clinical, direct/community, administrative, or policy work with or on behalf of a variety of populations including children and families, older adults, persons with mental health needs and homeless persons. Occupational outlooks for healthcare social workers in particular are on the rise and include geriatric social workers, hospice and palliative care, and medical social workers.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects an overall projected growth for social workers of 12% (74,800 new jobs) from 2014 to 2024 and is faster than the average of all occupations (7%).
Healthcare social work is expected to grow 19% (30,900 new jobs) and mental health and substance abuse social work is expected to grow 19% (22,300 new jobs). Child, family, and school social worker job projections are 6% (19,000 new jobs).