Career Options

Careers for Social Work Majors

  • Medical social worker
  • Adoption/foster care
  • International social welfare
  • Homeless outreach
  • Senior care/geriatric social worker
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Child welfare/family case worker
  • Community organizer
  • Mental health case manager
  • Domestic violence counselor
  • Probation/parole officer
  • Forensic social work

Starting Salary*

A social work major’s typical starting salary is approximately $49,000.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Job Titles of People with Social Work Degrees

  • Founder and President, Family Support Systems Unlimited, Inc.
  • Enrollment and Matching Specialist, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham
  • Founder, Unlad Kabayan Migrant Services Foundation
  • Senior Social Worker, Hua Mei Mobile Clinic, TSAO Foundation
  • Adoption Social Worker, Department of Social Services
  • Medical Social Worker, Cook County Hospital
  • Multi-Agency Response Team Member, Social Worker, Child and Family Services
Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.