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For more information, contact an advisor in the Social Work Department:
Iris Phillips Dr. Iris Phillips
ED 0127
812/461-5281
Christy Baker C. Christy Baker
ED 0130
812/465-7116

There are a wide variety of career/practice areas for Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) and Master's of Social Work (MSW) degree graduates. The Occupational Outlook Handbook lists Social Work as having a "very high" job outlook. Professional Social Workers work to assist clients in solving human problems.

Graduates work in a variety of settings including: social services agencies and programs, health care institutions, and services, communities, correctional systems, schools and government (at all levels).

Social Workers work with different populations (IE: children, adolescents, adults, elderly); social problems, (IE: substance abuse, mental and emotional problems, corrections, child maltreatment), and levels of practice (IE: individuals, families, communities). Below are listed some of the more common career areas for professional Social Workers.


Practice Areas in Social Work
Administration and Management International Social Work
Advocacy and Community Practice Mental Health and Clinical Social Work
Aging and Gerontology Occupational and EAP Social Work
Substance Abuse Policy and Planning
Child Welfare and Family Public Welfare
Developmental Disabilities Research
Health Care Social Work School Social Work
Justice and Corrections Marital and Family Therapy/Practice
Juvenile Issues Teaching/Education

Many agencies, programs, and health care institutions require licensed professional Social Workers due to accreditation, licensing, certification, and governmental requirements.

Detailed information is available in the Social Work Department or by going to the National Association of Social Workers, web site NASW.

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