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Summary Findings of SSW Graduate Employment Survey for Class of 2012

The annual SSW employment survey was sent to all 2012 MSW grads for whom the school had a current email address. In total there were 200  graduates in the class of 2012. For the class we had 148 current email addresses. Of the 148 graduates who received the survey, 93 completed the survey, resulting in a response rate of 63%. The survey was sent out in mid November, approximately six months post graduation.

Highlights of the survey include:

First Jobs  

  • 72% work in the greater Boston area
  • 88% of those employed as a social worker are working full-time
  • 12% are working part-time
  • Over half of those working part-time are working part-time by choice.
  • Primary fields of practice:
    • Mental health and substance abuse services (24%)
    • Child Welfare and home based family services (23%)
    • Health and Elder services  (15.6%)
    • School Social work (6%)
      Note: open-ended responses in "other" category raise MH and child services total percentages
  • Most common job functions for the new grads are therapist or counselor, case manager, advocate and group worker.
  • 90% receive LICSW supervision    

Job Search 

  • Nearly 49% of respondents obtained a position in social work prior to graduation (this includes 3.6% who returned to current place of employment.)
  • By mid-November, nearly 86% were employed in social work, including four graduates with post-graduate fellowships.
  • Most helpful resources in landing a job:
    •  Field placement supervisor or other agency contact
    • SSW faculty or advisor
    • SSW job fair
    • On-line job listings
    • Career Education Center workshops and counseling (CEC)


  • 75% are working in salaried positions; 13% are in fee for service positions
  • The median salary stated is  $43,500. Of the 65 respondents who listed a salary, 40% earn salaries higher than the median.
  • The median range for fee for service is $26.00-$31.00/hour  

Job Satisfaction

  • Over 96% describe their jobs as helping to advance their career goals.
  • Over 97% describe their jobs as providing them with opportunities to continue learning and professional development.  

Licensing Exam (LCSW)

  • By November 63% had taken the LCSW exam
  • 95% passed the exam.

 Report submitted by:   Suzanne Sankar, Assistant Dean January 8, 2013

Summary Findings of SSW Graduate Employment Survey for Class of 2011