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Masters in Social Work - Career Scope, Jobs, Salary, Top Colleges

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Social work is a field where trained professionals work for the welfare of individuals, communities, families and groups. Social work enables people and communities to deal with challenges and enhance well being. It helps to promote social change and empower people for social and economic development. Social workers are engaged in a number of activities such as counseling, diagnosis of societal problems, interpersonal problems, community development, teaching, helping the physically or mentally challenged and socio-political research. Every activity in social work leads to the aim of providing services to individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. 

Masters in Social Work

Masters in Social Work (MSW) is a two year postgraduate degree in social work. MSW degree is offered by many prestigious universities across the world. In the earlier times no professional education was required for social work, but now the field requires a professional qualification to work.

Generally, the eligibility for pursuing a Master degree is graduation in any discipline but the candidates having a bachelor's degree in Social work (B.S.W./ B.A) or psychology, social science, sociology or any other related field get preference for Master degree in social work.

Candidates can opt for specialization in Masters of Social Work like medical & psychiatric social work, HRM, criminology, correctional administration, family and child welfare, rural and urban community development etc.

Most universities in India conduct an entrance test for admission to MSW programme but some institutes offer admission on the basis of marks in the qualifying examination.

Scope of Masters in Social Work

After pursuing a Master degree in social work, one can apply for jobs in various fields. The job opportunities are always high in the medical field. MSW pass outs with specialization in the medical field can work in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centres.

Substance abuse is another area where social workers are high in demand. MSW graduates can work in substance abuse areas like rehabilitation centres, prisons, private practices, and for non-profit organizations. Social work graduates help in the treatment and rehabilitation of people addicted to drugs and other negative emotions like anger and mood swings

A master degree is not required in all areas of social work but mental health is a field which requires a Master degree with specialization in mental health. One can work in community health centers, mental hospitals, schools and charitable trusts for mental health.

MSW holders can also work for child welfare organizations where they can serve the children who are neglected by parents or children from low-income families.

Another area where social workers can find jobs is Social school work. This is one of the most common areas of social work. MSW graduate can work as a counselor and offer guidance to students and address their issues such as behavioral programs, sexual education, health education, truancy prevention programs, crisis intervention and communication between teachers, parents and students.

Jobs for freshers after MSW

Fresher candidates can apply for a variety of jobs in the field of social work. Most of the government jobs for social work do not require experience. So the MSW freshers can apply for government jobs and for jobs in Non-government organizations (NGO’s). Some corporate sector companies and industries also offer jobs to fresher candidates.

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Salary of Social Workers

The salaries and perks for social workers depend majorly on the qualification and work experience of the candidates. Fresher candidates can easily get a salary of Rs.8000/- to Rs.15,000/- in government and non-government sector.

The international NGOs and organizations like UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO pays higher salaries and perks to their social workers. Salaries in the NGOs also depend on their financial resources and many international agencies pay well.

Earlier, the compensation for social workers was not much but now with the increasing demand for workers and government-aid, the salaries and compensation is increasing in social work organizations.

Future Scope of Masters in Social Work

Indian is a growing economy and growth impacts the population of a country in many ways. In a growing economy, society will have to face new problems such as child labour, illiteracy, migrant labour, urban poverty, AIDS and crime against women.

Social work organizations and NGOs will need to work on new projects to tackle all such problems due to rising economy which will ultimately lead to the creation of new jobs in the field of social work.

Scope of social work in India

Social worker graduates can work as administrators, researchers, policymakers and planners. Policymakers and policy advocates work with the state and central government to set up publicly funded programs to address the issues such as poverty, child abuse, violence, homelessness, mental health and other issues. Social workers can also work as counselors within a clinical specialty or a specific community. They can also work for rehabilitation centres as counselors for addressing the drug addicts. Social workers having a Master degree can also apply for teaching jobs in colleges and universities. Master degree holders can also apply for administrative and supervisory positions in government agencies and corporate houses.

Top Colleges for MSW Course in India

There are many institutes and universities in India that offer Master degree in Social work.  Candidates having a professional degree in social work can find job opportunities in reputed organizations.

Here is the list of top colleges in India offering Master degree in Social Work

• Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai

• Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi

• College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai

• Xavier Institute of Labour Relations, Mumbai

• Madras School of Social Work, Chennai

• Department of Social Work, Christ College, Bangalore

• Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia Delhi

• Department of Social Work, Pune University, Pune

• Department of Sociology, Mumbai University, Mumbai

• School of Social Work, Mangalore University, Mangalore

• Department  of Social Work, Lucknow University, Lucknow

• Department  of Social Work, Annamalai University, Chennai

• Loyola College of Social Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram

• IISWBM, Calcutta

• Karve Institute of Social Service

• Faculty of Social Work, MS University of Baroda

• Roda Mistry College of Social Work & Research Centre, Hyderabad

The colleges mentioned in the above list are not arranged on the basis of any ranking or survey. However, these are considered as the best colleges for social work education in India.

Social work is a rewarding career for those who want to serve others. Mostly the career is opted for serving the society and enhancing the lives of people in order to make the country and world a better place to live in. 

Also See : University of Mumbai Master of Social Work (MSW) Admission 2017