General Education & Transfer

Social WOrk

Certificate • 62 Credit Hours

The Mountwest Social Work Program serves as a foundation for continued studies in education at a four-year institution. In addition to achieving general education credits, this associate degree concentration will help students gain foundational knowledge and skills in social work issues.

Become a social worker.

Students who earn a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work generally obtain employment in hospitals, mental health facilities, schools, child welfare agencies and other human services organizations. Students completing the Social Work concentration without pursuing a bachelor’s degree, may obtain employment.


Social Workers

2021 Median Pay
$50,390 per year

Number of Jobs
715,600 in 2020

Job Outlook
2020-2030 12%

Much faster than average employment.

For the most current salary information, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook” found online at

Admission Requirements

The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Potential Employers

  • Child, family, and school
  • Healthcare
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Other related fields

Career Outlook: projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030

Social workers help people prevent and cope with problems in their everyday lives.

Social workers are employed in a variety of settings, including child welfare and human service agencies, healthcare providers, and schools. Most work full time, and some work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 78,300 openings for social workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Want to learn more about this program?
Interested in learning more about the MCTC program? Send us a message and talk to our program coordinator.
Kendra Bolen
Chair, Liberal Arts & Transfer Studies Professor of Communication

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