Careers in Social Work

Social workers help people deal with their relationships with others; solve their personal, family, and community problems; and grow and develop by learning to cope with or shape the social and environmental forces affecting daily life. Social Work offers the chance to serve a diverse group of people from various ethnicities, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, and environments.

Graduates with a bachelor's degree in social work are qualified for generalist social work practice to work in diverse fields, including child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, criminal justice, and more. Learn about specific job options through the KSU Career Center.

Our graduates have excellent job placement rates post-graduation, and job prospects are positive. Based on most recent national estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018, median salary for social workers with a bachelor's degree was $37,000 per year. There were over 700,000 social workers employed throughout the country, and that number is projected to increase by 11% in the next decade.