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2004 National study of Licensed Social Workers Demographic Fact Sheet – Social Workers Included in "Other Races Combined" (Asian/Pacific Islander; Native American/Alaskan Native, Other)*

  • Most social workers in the "other races combined" category (90%) hold an MSW degree; 5 percent hold a BSW degree, and 6 percent hold a doctoral degree.
  • These social workers are three times more likely than non-Hispanic White or Black/African American social workers to be enrolled in an MSW program.
  • Social workers in this category spend more time per week than social workers of other racial/ethnic groups performing direct services (23.6 hours on average). They spend less time on community organizing activities (1.1 hours on average) and policy development (1.1 hours on average).
  • Most of these social workers (97%) are employed in the local government, private not-for-profit, and private for-profit sectors.
  • Social workers in this category are three times more likely than social workers of other racial/ethnic groups to be employed in criminal justice (i.e., court settings).
  • These social workers were employed full-time primarily in hospitals/medical centers (18%), school settings (14%), and social service agencies (12%).
  • Social workers in this category are commonly in the practice areas of mental health, medical health, and working with adolescents. They are less represented in child welfare, aging, developmental disabilities, and school social work practice areas. Their average salary is $53,600.
  • Most of these social workers (61%) plan to remain in their current position over the next two years. Their career plans generally consist of seeking new opportunities or promotion with their current employer or pursuing continuing education in social work.
  • The most important factors that influence these social workers' decision to change jobs are higher salary, lifestyle/family concerns, and the need to do more interesting work.

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