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Careers in Social Work

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 faster than average job growth. 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 (children, adolescents, adults, elderly), social problems (substance abuse, mental and emotional problems, corrections, child maltreatment), and levels of practice (individuals, families, communities). Some of the more common career areas for professional social workers include:

Administration and Management
Advocacy and Community Practice
Aging and Gerontology
Substance Abuse
Child Welfare and Family
Developmental Disabilities
Health Care Social Work
Justice and Corrections
Juvenile Issues

International Social Work
Mental Health and Clinical Social Work
Occupational and EAP Social Work
Policy and Planning
Public Welfare
School Social Work
Marital and Family Therapy/Practice
Teaching and 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 website.