Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. Social workers are people who care about people who want to make a difference. The Social Work Department began in 1974 to serve the needs of Maryland and the neighboring states, and since then it has grown to include the dual-degree program with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1990 and a new Master of Social Work Program launched in 2001. In 2006, the Department expanded to include satellite programs at Cecil College Northeast campus, the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center at Chesapeake College, and the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown and in 2013 to the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, Maryland. All of SU's undergraduate and graduate social work programs are fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education, a must for earning licensure.
Advocate (e.g. children, ethnic group members, aging)
Transplant registry database manager*
Drug/alcohol abuse counselor
Crisis center director
Geriatric care specialist
Adoption service counselor
Adult Probation Officer
Psychiatric Social Worker*
Family Service Worker
Public Health Social Worker
Child Welfare Worker
FEMA Applicant Assistance Officer
Foster Care / Adoption Agent
Clinical Social Worker
Geriatric Social Worker
Community Organization Worker
Residential Foster Parent
Community Services Board Director*
School Social Worker
Community Social Worker
Industrial Social Worker
Community Volunteer Coordinator
Juvenile Probation Counselor
Social Group Worker
Learning Center Director*
Social Welfare Administrator*
Correctional Case Manager
Medical Social Worker
Social Work Educator*
Mental Health Counselor*
Substance Abuse Counselor
Direct Service Coordinator*
Youth Service Coordinator
Policy & Planning Specialist
Bilingual/bicultural program specialist
Vocational teacher (of adults)
Teacher of English as a second language (ESL)
Foundation program manager
Student services director*
Affirmative action representative
School social worker
Friend of the Court caseworker
Bureau of Indian Affairs researcher*
Public interest group director
Congressional committee staff director
Head Start program director
State/federal government policy analyst
Correctional center/program counselor
Loan officer/bank employee
Union legal counsel*
Environmental impact assessment researcher
Executive search consultant
Human resources manager
Advertising account executive
International Social Worker
Child Welfare/Children's Services
Mental /Clinical Social Worker
*Denotes need for additional education.
Typical Places of Employment -
State, county, or municipal government agencies, primarily in departments of human resources, social services, child welfare, mental health, health, housing, education, and corrections.
Most in the private sector are in voluntary social service agencies, community and religious organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, or home health agencies.
Publicly Traded Corporations
Required Skills and Abilities -
Help individuals cope with problems such as inadequate housing, unemployment, lack of job skills, financial mismanagement, serious illness, disability, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancy, or antisocial behavior.
Work with families that have serious conflicts, including those involving child or spousal abuse
Most social workers specialize in a clinical field such as child welfare and family services, mental health, medical social work, school social work.
Clinical social workers offer psychotherapy or counseling and a range of services in public agencies, clinics, as well as in private practice.
Other social workers are employed in community organization, administration, or research.
Help clients identify their real concerns and help them to consider solutions and find resources.
Provide concrete information such as: ● Where to go for debt counseling. ● How to find child care or elder care. ● How to apply for public assistance or other benefits. ●How to get an alcoholic or drug addict admitted to a rehabilitation program.
Arrange for services in consultation with clients and then follow through to assure the services are actually helpful.
Review eligibility requirements, fill out forms and applications, arrange for services, visit clients on a regular basis, and step in during emergencies.
Alumni Resources -
(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)
Child Protective Services Investigator
Department of Social Services Anne Arundel County
Learning Support Specialist
Somerset County Public Schools
Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Social Worker Supervisor
State Of Delaware-DHSS
Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field -
Careers in Social Work- Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. This can mean providing direct services or therapy directly to people (called “clients”). It also can mean working for change to improve social conditions.