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Across the many specializations available, future social workers share a common goal of the desire to assist others in need, whether it be individuals and families, in schools, workplaces or hospitals, or leading efforts in legislative advocacy and policy analysis.

According to the 2021 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected median annual pay for social workers is $51,760 with an above average job growth rate of 13%. With a vast number of agencies, specializations and locations available to social workers, career opportunities continue to become more abundant.

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