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Social Work Career Outlook

Build Your Social Work Career with an Online BSW

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Experiential learning

  • LBSW — Degree Eligible. Graduates with a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program are degree eligible to apply to sit for the Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) exam.
  • Field Placement. Regardless of where you live, we’ll help you find a convenient field placement location.
  • Advanced Standing: A BSW from a CSWE-accredited program such as Carlow’s offers eligibility to apply for Advanced Standing in a CSWE-accredited MSW program. Advanced Standing MSW admission waives 15 credits of graduate foundation social work courses taken as an undergraduate.

Take the first step toward a successful future in social work with Carlow University’s online bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW).

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Promising Social Work Careers

Individual and Family Services Manager $63,260 per year1

Case Manager $44,351 per year3

Social Worker $50,390 per year2

Victim Advocate $40,051 per year4

Career Outlook for BSW Graduates

Our BSW online program prepares you to start on several bachelor’s-level social work career paths. Your dream social work career might be in a nonprofit agency or organization, a behavioral health agency, a family services center, healthcare setting, a long-term care agency, a foster care program, the criminal justice system and more.

Many BSW students continue their education with online graduate studies, such as a master’s in social work.

  • The overall employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.5
  • Careers for social and community service managers are projected to grow much faster than average at 12 percent from 2021 to 2031.5
  • The career outlook for social workers is projected to grow faster than average at 9 percent from 2021 to 2031.2

Program Outcomes and Skills Acquired

  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  • Advance human rights and social, racial, economic and environmental justice.
  • Engage anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion (ADEI) in practice.
  • Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  • Engage in policy practice.
  • Engage, assess, intervene with and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Career Support

Launching your social work career is a huge step, and our team of instructors is ready to help you succeed.

Established Partnerships

Carlow has strong relationships with multiple corporations and organizations that help give you access to employer discounts as well as potential internships and employment.

Experienced Faculty

Our faculty are well-connected and have years of experience in business and management. They’re prepared to help you find your path and able to introduce you to others who can help.

Career Planning Services

Carlow provides career advising sessions, career-related programming, job search support and employer engagement on and off campus.

A Caring Network

Our vibrant community of students embodies the values of the Sisters of Mercy. Our alumni network and current students are ready to support each other in their careers.