The major benefit of going into the field of social work is nonmonetary. Social workers do not make large salaries, but their jobs can be emotionally rewarding.
Social workers generally work with people who are in need of help of one kind or another. They work, for example, with children who have been abused or with elderly people who are living in nursing homes and (often) do not have enough contact with people who truly care about them.
Because of this, social work can be very rewarding. A person who does well as a social worker will have many experiences where he or she will help people who have problems. A social worker can make a large difference in the lives of the people he or she works with. Making a difference in the life of a person who is in need is a very rewarding thing.