Social Work Career Success

Job Prospects For Social Workers Nationally Are On The Rise

From mental health clinics and schools to human service agencies and private practices, social workers devote their lives to helping people at any stage in life solve and cope with daily life problems.

Over the next decade, job outlooks for social workers are expected to grow by 19%, faster than the national average of 11% for all occupations.

National Job Outlooks for Social Workers

Job prospects for social workers will also vary by speciality, with all fields being higher than the national average. And why are they increasing?

Child and family social workers are needed to help and prevent unstable household, to prevent child abuse and to find alternative homes for children who cannot live in their biological families, whether it's through foster care or adoption services, but the demand for child and family social workers will also increase as student enrollment rises in elementary and middle schools.

In today's society, more people are seeking treatment for mental illness and substance abuse which is expected to increase the demand for mental health and substance abuse social work specialists over the next decade.

Also as the baby boomers age, there will be an increase in healthcare social workers as families search for care.

Possible Social Work Careers

  • Health Educators and Community Health Workers
  • Hospice Care Workers
  • Geriatric Social Workers
  • Mental Health Counselors and Marriage/Family Therapists
  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
  • Psychologists
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • School and Career Counselors
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  • Child Welfare Social Workers

Social Work At Champlain

At Champlain, we pride ourselves in the success our students have in their fields post graduation. Through hands-on learning experience in and outside the classroom, a BSW from Champlain College will set you apart when it comes time to apply for jobs. In fact, 100% of Social Work graduates in the Class of 2017 are either employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating, and of those employed, 100% are in positions relevant to their career goals. 

Through our CSWE-accreditated program, you'll be able to travel abroad on a service-in-action trip, engage with at-risk populations, and develop professional knowledge and skillets from rural and global perspectives. By your senior year, you'll have performed a minimum of 420 hours of senior fieldwork in a year-long internship. All of these experiences will prepare you for a career as a generalist social worker. Our students are prized employees, with astounding job placements year after year.

"Our experience working with Champlain's Social Work interns has been extraordinary. The students that have been placed with our agency demonstrate sound practice, an investment in the community, and a strong willingness to learn and apply knowledge in the field. Their enthusiasm and preparedness to enter the work force have made them strong interns and strong employment applicants post graduation. We have had great success transitioning former Champlain College interns into full-time employment when their internship ends."

—Tammy Santamore, Learning Together Coordinator, LUND Center, Burlington, VT

Accelerate Your MSW at Another Institution

Through Champlain's accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), students may apply to be considered for admission to an MSW program to earn a master's degree in one year instead of two. If accepted, students would save a year of tuition costs and get a head start on a career with a higher-level skill set.