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Clinical/Medical Social Work

191 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,381 Master's Degrees Annually
#64 in Popularity
$58,470 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Clinical/Medical Social Work Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many clinical/medical social work graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,527
Bachelor’s Degree 164
Associate Degree 141
Graduate Certificate 122
Basic Certificate 58
Undergraduate Certificate 31
Doctor’s Degree 17

What Clinical/Medical Social Work Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to clinical/medical social work were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Clinical/Medical Social Work Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills for Clinical/Medical Social Work Majors

When studying clinical/medical social work, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Clinical/Medical Social Work Majors

As a clinical/medical social work major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Clinical/Medical Social Work Major?

People with a clinical/medical social work degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Healthcare Social Workers 20.1% $56,200
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 19.4% $44,840
Mental Health Counselors 23.1% NA
Social Work Professors 9.4% $68,300
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 23.2% NA

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical/Medical Social Work?

164 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
85% Percent Women
56% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 85% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of clinical/medical social work majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 71
White 65
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 18

Geographic Diversity

Clinical/Medical Social Work appeals to people across the globe. About 3.0% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Clinical/Medical Social Work Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $49,630 to $77,520 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to clinical/medical social work. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with clinical/medical social work require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to clinical/medical social work have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.3%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.6%
Some College Courses 1.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 15.8%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.5%
Master’s Degree 52.7%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 5.2%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 4.1%
Doctoral Degree 9.6%
Post-Doctoral Training 1.7%

Online Clinical/Medical Social Work Programs

In 2019-2020, 43 schools offered a clinical/medical social work program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 5 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 8 1
Bachelor’s Degree 5 3
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 21 3
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 3 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Clinical/Medical Social Work Worth It?

The median salary for a clinical/medical social work grad is $58,470 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 47% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $371,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to clinical/medical social work.

Major Number of Grads
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 6,851
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 5,728
Other Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 3,818
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 3,308
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 2,805
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 2,389
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling 273
Genetic Counseling/Counselor 230
Trauma Counseling 30
Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy 16
Medical Family Therapy/Therapist 8

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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