Social Work

Careers in Social Work

For sheer variety, few professions can match social work and the broad range of opportunities and specializations that it offers.  Professional social workers holding either the BSW or the MSW degree are frequently employed in the following settings:

  • Health Care
  • Mental Health Care
  • Child Welfare
  • Aging and Gerontology
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Adult Correctional System
  • School Social Work
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Public Welfare
  • Policy and Planning Positions
  • Substance Abuse
  • Social Service Administration/Management
  • Family Service Agencies
  • Youth Residential Treatment Centers

The job titles and work duties will vary a great deal, depending on the employment setting and whether the social worker holds the BSW or MSW degree.  Social workers utilize a biopsychosocial model which emphasizes a "person-in-environment" perspective. They help clients identify and manage the interrelated factors that have created or contributed to the life problems they face. It requires a caring attitude by the social worker and a commitment to helping individuals, families, and groups live a more satisfying and meaningful life.

»  Check out the Social Work Career Guide and more at SocialWorkDegrees.org