Social Work

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017
53,773
growing 3.17%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$6,670
growing 3.03%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$29,160
growing 2.27%
Average Wage
$56,392
growing 0.0844%
People in Workforce
763,692
growing 3.87%
Average Employee Age
43.1
growing 0.262%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Social Work degree recipients are New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and Chicago, IL. The locations with a relatively high number of Social Work degree recipients are Aurora, IL, College Place, WA, and Silver City, NM. The most common degree awarded to students studying Social Work is a masters degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Social Work and the types of students that study this field. University of Southern California awards the most degrees in Social Work in the US, but Brescia University and Our Lady of the Lake University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Social Work.

Tuition costs for Social Work majors are, on average, $6,670 for in-state public colleges, and $29,160 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Social Work programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (344 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (35,234 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Social Work, is Public, 4-year or above (35,234 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Social Work programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,670
Median In-State Public
$29,160
Median Out of State Private

University of Southern California has the most Social Work degree recipients, with 1,478 degrees awarded in 2017.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Social Work programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Brescia University and Our Lady of the Lake University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Social Work, with 40.2% and 38%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Social Work

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Social Work by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Social Work.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Public Administration and Social Service graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The industry that employs the most Public Administration and Social Service majors is Individual & family services, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Other personal services.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Social Work is from the 2 Digit Course Public Administration and Social Service.
$56,392
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,598
0.0844%
1 Year Growth
± 3.97%

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Social Work is from the 2 Digit Course Public Administration and Social Service.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Public Administration and Social Service majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Public Administration and Social Service majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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Most Specialized

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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763,692
2018 Workforce
± 21,400
3.87%
1 Year Growth
± 3.85%

The number of Public Administration and Social Service graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.87%, from 735,273 in 2017 to 763,692 in 2018.

The largest single share of Public Administration and Social Service graduates go on to work as Social workers, all other (22.1%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Public Administration and Social Service by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Social Work is from the 2 Digit Course Public Administration and Social Service.
763,692
2018 Workforce
± 21,400
3.87%
1 Year Growth
± 3.85%

The number of Public Administration and Social Service graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.87%, from 735,273 in 2017 to 763,692 in 2018.

The industry which employs the most Public Administration and Social Service graduates by share is Individual & family services, followed by Elementary & secondary schools. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Public Administration and Social Service.

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Specialty Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Public Administration and Social Service majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Public Administration and Social Service in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Public Administration and Social Service is 43.1, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Masters Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Public Administration and Social Service degrees, and White students earn the majority (28,571) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Social Work is from the 2 Digit Course Public Administration and Social Service.
43.1
Average Age in 2018
± 0.369 Years
0.262%
1 Year Change
± 1.21%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Public Administration and Social Service. The most common ages of employees with this major are 25 and 32 years old, which represent 3.33% and 2.95% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Social Work are Masters Degree, Bachelors Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Public Administration and Social Service are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (87%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Social Work.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    28,571 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    10,359 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    8,944 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Social Work for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Female
    10,311 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    4,000 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    3,488 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Social Work. White Female students, who earn most of the degree-grads_ethnicity_genders in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    10,509 degree recipients
  2. Philippines
    4,582 degree recipients
  3. Jamaica
    4,508 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Barbados
    5.28 times more than expected
  2. Nigeria
    4.91 times more than expected
  3. Bulgaria
    4.14 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Barbados that hold Public Administration and Social Service degrees (5.28 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (10,509 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Social Work field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Social Work majors need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Social Work majors need more than the average amount of Operations Analysis, Operation and Control, and Negotiation.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Social Work majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Operations Analysis is very distinctive for majors, but the Active Listening, Social Perceptiveness, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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