Alumni and Careers

Alumni Areas of Practice

  • Addictions/Dual Diagnosis
  • Community Mental Health
  • Forensic/Legal Social Work
  • Gender-Based Social Work
  • Government/Public Organizations
  • Medical/Health Social Work
  • School-Based Social Work
  • Senior Services/Gerontological Social Work
  • Youth and Family Services
  • Veteran's Administration

Alumni Employment

Employment Within 1-3 Months

Graduates who secured employment within 1-3 months of graduation (Data taken from 2018, 2019 and 2020 MSW Alumni Surveys) 

Employment Before Graduation

Graduates who secured employment before graduation (Data taken from 2020 MSW Alumni Survey) 

Below you will find just a few of the many organizations where MSW students have gained employment after graduation. 

  • Asian Counseling and Referral Services-Seattle
    • Aging services, Children, Youth and Families (CYF) programs, behavioral health services, recovery services, citizenship and immigration assistance, employment and training services
  • Bailey-Boushay House-Seattle, WA
    • Inpatient and outpatient HIV/AIDS care, substance use disorder support, mental health services
  • Catholic Community Services of Western WA-Seattle. WA
    • Shelter and homeless services, CYF services, senior services, mental health services, substance use disorder treatment
  • The Child Center-Bend, OR
    • Mental health services
  • City of Mercer Island Youth and Family Services-Mercer Island, WA
    • Emergency assistance, mental health services, senior services, school-based mental health counseling
  • City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs-Seattle, WA
    • Citizenshp assistance, job skills training, legal defense services
  • Downtown Emergency Service Center-Seattle, WA
    • Emergency shelter services, supportive housing, substance use disorder treatment, street outreach, case management, medical services, employment programs, crisis diversion services
  • Department of Social and Health Services-Seattle, WA
    • CYF services, mental health services, housing assistance, disability support
  • Dura Vocational Services-Seattle, WA
    • Vocational rehabilitation counseling services
  • Encompass-North Bend, WA
    • Inpatient rehabilitation, home health services, hospice care
  • Fairfax Behavioral Health-Kirkland, WA
    • CYF services, senior services, acute psychiatric care, comprehensive mental health services
  • Harborview Medical Center-Seattle, WA
    • Medical services
  • Impact Puget Sound Elementary-Tukwila, WA
    • Non-profit free public charter school
  • Insight Behavioral Health (now called Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center)-Seattle, WA
    • Comprehensive treatment for mood and anxiety disorders
  • Northpoint the Evergreen-Seattle, WA
    • Substance use disorder treatment, mental health services
  • Northweset Kidney Centers-Kent, WA
    • In-home or in-center dialysis
  • Sea Mar Community Health Centers-Bellevue, WA
    • Mental and behavioral health services
  • Seattle Counseling Service-Seattle, WA
    • Mental health services, substance use disorder services
  • Seattle Goodwill-Seattle, WA
    • Job training services
  • Seneca Family of Agencies-Tukwila, WA
    • Mental health services, innovation and training programs, education and school partnership programs
  • Solid Ground-Seattle, WA
    • Housing programs, hunger and nutrition programs, transportation services
  • Sound-Seattle
    • Mental health counseling, addiction treatment, CYF services, domestic violence services
  • Southwest Network Behavioral Health-Phoenix, AZ
    • Behavioral health services
  • Swedish-Edmonds, WA
    • Case management, counseling services
  • Therapeutic Health Services-Multiple locations in WA
    • Substance use disorder treatment, mental health services, CYF programs
  • Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board-Olympia, WA
    • Employment services

Alumni Salary Ranges

Data taken from 2018, 2019 and 2020 MSW Alumni Surveys

Salary Range

Reported range of salaries from MSW alumni

Majority of Salaries

Majority of reported salaries fall into this range

Alumni Spotlight

Julia O'Connor (MSW, 2019)

MSW Alum, Julia O'Connor was recently interviewed on the Interest to Impact podcast for the episode titled: Mental and behavioral health workers: how to attract more people to the field, and train and support and pay them properly‪.‬

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Listen to the Episode

Kevin Skiena (MSW, 2020)

Kevin Skiena (MSW, 2020) answers the question: "Why did you choose Seattle University for your MSW education?"

Career Development Resources

Seattle University Alumni Association

The Seattle University Alumni Association opens pathways to engagement with the university by connecting and engaging alumni, building lifetime relationships within the Seattle U community.

Seattle University Career Engagement Office

The Career Engagement Office at Seattle University helps students and alumni explore careers, develop professional networks, and make plans for career and vocational development. 

NASW Job Board

Search for open social work jobs across the United States.

CSWE Job Board

Search for open social work jobs across the United States. 

MSW Program Career Events

Each year, the MSW program hosts multiple career preparedness events for current MSW students. Examples include: 

  • Job Search and Interviewing Skills Workshop: Presented by the Career Engagement Office
    • At this workshop, students will have the opportunity to learn job search best practices and interviewing skills, including best practices for effectively answering questions and preparing for behavioral questions. Students will have the opportunity to put their learning to use in real-time. Strategies on how to navigate a virtual interview and job searching during a pandemic will also be shared. 
  • Negotiating Salary and Benefits Workshop: Presented by the Career Engagement Office 
    • Join the Career Engagement Office as we discuss salary and benefits packages and how to negotiate salary and benefits when offered a professional position. Learn about what and/or when it is appropriate to negotiate when receiving an initial job offer or when planning to have conversations with current employers. Please bring your questions. 
  • Washington State Licensing Presentation and Discussion: With Department of Health Representatives
    • A special licensure information session with U. James Chaney, MPA, MA, Executive Director, WA State DOH. This is an exclusive session for our MSW students to learn about the WA State licensure for clinical social workers and ask questions they might have. 

Keys to Help You Land the Healthcare Job of Your Dreams

By Charlotte Jones, Chief People Officer, Diversity & Inclusion, Sound

So, as you leave your college years behind, you know you’ve done everything right. You’ve studied hard, participated in vigorous class discussions, aced your tests, turned in assignments on time and made sacrifices to get good grades. You’ve found ways to learn outside of the classroom too. Now, it’s time for all that hard work to pay off with a rewarding career in healthcare.

But wait. There is one last, important step toward pursuing your dream career: the application and interview process. Sound, one of King County’s largest providers of behavioral healthcare services, wants to share these helpful tips that may assist you through the interview and application process.


A heap of resumes: No two jobs are alike and providers vary widely in what they are seeking in a candidate. Your resume, the, should reflect these variances and should be adapted to the job and organization. This will help the recruiter more easily identify strengths and qualifications. It is not necessary to rewrite your resume each time; just make slight adjustments based on what the employer is seeking.

Words are key:  Many employers, like Sound, have specific job and experience requirements so it is best to review job descriptions to identify key words and match them in your application or resume to stand out from your competition. Like the recommendation above, this will not require a significant amount of time; just a little attention to detail.

The right stuff: Focus your search on providers that offer opportunities for upward growth. Providers with a wide array or programs offer you greater opportunity to explore the right fit.  Whether you wish to work with kids, families, older adults, in schools, in the criminal justice system or with people with intellectual disabilities, we recommend seeking providers that offer options for future career growth.

During the Interview

Beyond the job description, Sound, like most employers, seek a set of “skills” not necessarily acquired in an academic environment. This is why it is important to highlight the “soft” skills that help you stand out from the crowd. The time to you take to emphasize these skills in interviews will be time well spent.

Below are just a few of those qualities that employers appreciate:

Highlight Communication/Collaboration: There will always be an opportunity for you to emphasize ways you used communication and team work to get things done. Whether it is in past internships, school projects, volunteer work or more personal matters, Sound appreciates team members who thrive in collaborative situations and demonstrate strong communication skills. Employers as a whole, value communication. Be sure you find ways to introduce this in your interviews.

Demonstrate Flexibility and Adaptability: No work environment, even the most ideal ones, are without the unexpected – especially in outpatient healthcare settings like community behavioral healthcare. In these settings, a job prospect’s currency is their demonstrated ability to adjust to changes or new challenges. Like your ability to communicate effectively and collaborate successfully, become practiced in sharing examples of your ability to adjust and how that led to successful outcomes.

Technical Skills Acquired:  There are likely other “hard” skills you’ve learned from past academic, internship or job environments that can readily apply to your next job opportunity.  Obvious examples are the latest applications, software or other platforms (know HTML? WordPress, email marketing platforms, design work) that may elevate you in the minds of employers. Take an inventory of all of your technical skills and utilize these in our interviews.

Mistakes Are Gold: Anyone can expound upon their successes at work, internships or school as a sign of their marketable qualities. But we often learn a great deal from the missteps we’ve made (and corrective measures taken), that represent invaluable experience that can benefit an employer. Risk a bit of vulnerability, acknowledge mistakes made, what you’ve learned and how you’ll apply it to your future employer and you can be confident that this honesty will be well regarded.

Post Interview

Hand-written thanks: In the day and age of email, Direct Messaging and other instant communications, nothing stands out like a short, hand-written thank you note. Address each person you interviewed and highlight something you bring to the job in your acknowledgement.

Thoughtful follow up: There is nothing wrong with reaching out to the interviewer to ask a few very thoughtful, job related questions, particularly if they demonstrate ways you think you can contribute to the organization. This affords you the opportunity to stand out, communicate ways you can bring value to the organization and establishes your “brand” in the mind of the employer.


While Sound’s recommendations above are not exhaustive, these recommendations offer you some idea of ways to begin standing out from others competing for the same opportunities. Consider these recommendations as guidelines in developing tactics that help you garner attention and sell yourself to a prospective employer. Sound wishes you the best of luck in your job search!

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