Career outcomes in Social Work

The Master of Social Work is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited professional training course that qualifies students for work as Social Workers.

The course is designed to ensure students acquire the higher-level knowledge and skills for professional practice as Social Work practitioners as well as for research and policy development in Social Work. The Course encompasses the requisite AASW knowledge of the four core learning areas – mental health, child well-being and protection, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and cross-cultural praxis.

Social work has been identified as one of the fastest growing professions and it provides a wide range of employment opportunities.

As a social worker, you can practice in a range of fields, and support people of all ages and backgrounds. You could be working with children and young people all the way through to those in aged care.

If your interests lie in health, other career pathways include: working in hospitals, community health services or mental health programs, working as part of a interprofessional team to get the best outcomes for patients.  Or you may wish to explore a career in research or policy, helping to change services and systems from the inside.

Monash social work graduates have also gone into roles working in:

  • Alcohol and drug counselling
  • Child protection and youth services
  • Disability and advocacy
  • Family violence
  • Homelessness and supported housing
  • Mental health
  • Refugee and asylum seeker services
  • Research and policy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Youth Justice

Hear from some of our Master of Social Work graduates about their career pathways.