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Social Work Schools

There are 849 accredited social work schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of social work classes at one of these schools, you play a iperative role in shaping the future of this growing field. The trends in the social work academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes social work training at the following levels:

  • Social Work Certificate
  • Associates degree in Social Work
  • Bachelors degree in Social Work
  • Masters degree in Social Work
  • PhD degree in Social Work


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Social workers

555,670 568,830 605,110 611,570 609,060
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

609,060 social workers were working in the US in the year 2010. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of social workers has grown by 10%.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Social workers

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25th percentile
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The median yearly salary earned by social workers, in 2010, was $44,385. This is 31% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Social Work

$39,878 $41,432 $42,152 $43,470 $44,385
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Social workers' salaries have grown by 11% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Social Work Student enrollment growth by degree

3,000 2,869 2,817 2,742 2,930
15,574 16,250 16,548 16,587 16,715
328 301 353 346 357
18,042 18,195 19,352 19,771 20,321
542 510 582 637 665
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Social Work
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Social Work
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Social Work
  • Grey: Certificate in Social Work

The career outlook for social workers is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In 2006, 37,486 students graduated from social work degree programs in the US. In 2010, 40,988 students graduated from social work schools.

This represents a 9% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from social work courses is less than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Social Work Programs offered Nationwide


As student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering social work programs has decreased. In 2006 there were 127 social work schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 849 schools.

Social Work Faculty Salaries

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