The National Association of Social Workers provides specialty certifications at the bachelor’s level. Online Bachelor in Social Work degree program ranking guidelines: We selected the degree programs based on the quality of the program, types of courses provided, faculty strength as well as school awards, rankings and reputation, including a strong reputation for online degree programs. Here is how we do it: The value of any ranking list of schools and/or degree programs depends on having a methodologically sound assessment of each school’s/program’s characteristics, especially insofar as these can be objectively measured.
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Online Social Work programs often feature a strong liberal arts foundation as well as practical social work experience.
While completing the program, students hone their critical-thinking and analytical skills — and learn to use those skills to improve people’s quality of life and well-being.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts a 12 percent employment growth for social workers from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average (seven percent) for all occupations.
The BLS forecasts a 19 percent employment growth for healthcare social workers as well as for mental health and substance abuse social workers, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Social workers respond to the needs of people who experience social problems and address the stress the problems create.
The National Association of Social Workers reports individuals beginning with a Bachelor in Social Work degree have an annual salary ranging up to $30,000 depending on factors including the type of work, geographic and the amount of experience. With an interest in diversity in sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, age, class and race, social work professionals help people, groups and communities identify needs and use assets and strengths to fulfill those needs.