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Career Profile: Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in social work. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 16,600 people employed as social work teachers, postsecondary in the United States. The median annual salary is $71,600. Entry level employees earn approximately $35,670 per year and senior employees earn approximately $129,560 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, or handouts.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and community agencies to address teaching and research issues.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks or laboratory equipment.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Mentor new faculty members.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Supervise students' laboratory and field work.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as family behavior, child and adolescent mental health, or social intervention evaluation.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
16,600
Annual Openings:
1,700
Increase in Openings by 2030:
9%
Annual Salary Range:
$35,670 - $129,560
Education Requirements:
Master's degree or higher