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social workIncreasing demand for social work professionals

Social work is a helping profession that offers you career possibilities in a wide range of settings. A bachelor’s degree in Social Work (B.S.W.) from UNE prepares you for an entry-level position in health care or human service organizations.

During your time at UNE, you might decide to engage in any of the following: counsel grieving children, develop resources for elders, work in child protection, or establish a non-profit agency providing services to immigrant and refugee populations. Social work is a rewarding field because you are engaged in work alongside people facing some of life’s most difficult challenges.

As a social worker, you help people of all backgrounds, providing prevention, intervention, education and advocacy for individuals, families and communities in need. A career in social work is exciting and interesting, with employment opportunities in public and private agencies including schools, hospitals, mental health centers, long-term care facilities, jails, and military and veterans’ programs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for child and family, mental health and substance abuse, and health care social workers is on the rise.

National bureau of labor statistics

A greater demand for social services and health care workers will contribute to a 34% increase in jobs 2010-2020

U N E MSW Career Graph

Work settings for social workers

Many opportunities exist for employment with your Bachelor of Social Work degree in settings and careers such as: 

  • Community mental health centers
  • Schools
  • Refugee relief agencies
  • Homeless shelters
  • Child and family programs
  • Substance abuse prevention and intervention programs
  • At-risk youth programs
  • Hospitals
  • Elderly care centers

Below is a list of possible jobs for B.S.W. graduates, including salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Occupation Job Summary 2017 Median Pay
Administrative Services Manager Administrative services managers plan, direct, and coordinate supportive services of an organization. Their specific responsibilities vary, but administrative service managers typically maintain facilities and supervise activities that include recordkeeping, mail distribution, and office upkeep. $94,020

Compensation and Benefits Manager

Compensation and benefits managers plan, develop, and oversee programs to compensate employees.

Human Resources Manager

Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees.

Medical and Health Services Manager Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must direct changes that conform to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.


Social and Community Service Manager Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage workers who provide social services to the public. $64,100
Training and Development Manager

Training and development managers oversee staff and plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees.

Probation Officer and Correctional Treatment Specialist Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole.



Fundraisers organize events and campaigns to raise money and other kinds of donations for an organization. They also may design promotional materials and increase awareness of an organization’s work, goals, and financial needs.

Human Resources Specialist

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.


Training and Development Specialists

Training and development specialists help plan, conduct, and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge.


Thinking about an MSW?

Though a BSW prepares you for a wide scope of career opportunities an MSW prepares you for even more!  Through our BSW 4+1 programming, you can jump right into our UNE's Masters program and complete your MSW in 1 year.  


You become a Licensed Master's level Social Worker (LMSW) once you complete a master’s degree in social work (MSW), apply for licensure and take your ASWB exam. No post-degree experience is necessary to become an LMSW. Advanced generalist and clinical licenses require two years of post-MSW experience. In the case of clinical licensure (LCSW), this experience must be in direct clinical social work. Read more information about ASWB Licensing and Regulations.

Social work regulatory boards generally require that applicants have social work degrees from MSW programs that have been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). Any master’s degrees completed outside of the U.S. or Canada must be evaluated for equivalence to U.S. and Canadian programs. UNE's MSW Program is CSWE accredited. 

More explicit information on education and experience required for social work licenses is listed in the Social Work License Map.