Can I use my Psychology degree to move forward to a career as a Master of Social Work?
You can definitely move from your Psychology degree to pursue a graduate degree as a Master of Social Work (MSW). Although not a Psychology degree, it is very related, and an MSW allows you (if you decide to be a Clinical Social Worker) to conduct therapy if you chose. In addition, those with an MSW offer direct services to elders by working with them to help solve everyday problems. Keep in mind that an MSW degree places greater emphasis on the practice of psychology and much less emphasis on research--this appeals to many Psychology majors.
Where do Social Workers get employed? You may decide to get a job with a state and local government agency/department (e.g., Department of Health),. In addition, you can be employed in a hospital, medical clinic, community mental health clinic, or a non-profit community health agency. Finally, you may want to be your own boss and decide to set up your own private practice.
To earn an MSW degree usually requires 2 years of graduate school. You need to check if the school you are interested in require a written project (thesis) or not. Also, it is likely that will pay pay tuition. Agaion, check will schools, because financial support may be avilable.
The good news is that an MSW offers greater job opportunities and greater salary than a Bachelor’s degree. Moreover, this degree allows you to be licensed by a state to do certain activities (e.g., testing, therapy). Click here to learn more about an MSW degree.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the average yearly income for an MSW at $48,000.
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