Where will social work take you?
Students who major in Social Work or Human Services develop strong communication skills,
learn to be a critical thinker, understand resource management and how to employ advocacy
skills. They often work as social workers, counselors, case managers, probation officers,
community outreach workers, consultants and/or mediators.
Employment opportunities for persons with a bachelor's degree in social work (BSW)
include working with:
- Diverse populations, such as people with behavioral health disorders including addictions
and eating disorders through case management services
- Individuals with developmental, health, educational and physical disabilities
- The elderly
- Abused children and adolescents
- Survivors and victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse
- The terminally ill
- The poor and the homeless
A wide selection of jobs are available to professional social workers, in particular
those with a BSW or master's in social work (MSW), in residential treatment, family
counseling, private practice, school social work, hospital social work, managed care,
research, community organizing, human resource divisions in government and private
industry, advocacy and lobbying, gerontology, administration of human service programs
and agencies, and the criminal justice system.
Social workers can continue their university education beyond a master's degree to
a doctoral degree, which can be either a doctorate in social work (DSW) or Ph.D.