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Social Work Major

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Possible Job Titles

  • Health and Human Services
  • Foster parent
  • Public health educator*
  • Advocate (e.g. children, ethnic group members, aging)
  • Genetic counselor*
  • Physician*
  • Transplant registry database manager*
  • Job counselor
  • Health-service administrator*
  • Drug/alcohol abuse counselor
  • Crisis center director
  • Clergy
  • Rehabilitation specialist*
  • Geriatric care specialist
  • Adoption service counselor
  • Adult Probation Officer
  • Eligibility Worker
  • Patient Advocate
  • Benefits Specialist
  • Employment Specialist
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Case Manager
  • Family Caseworker
  • Psychiatric Social Worker*
  • Casework Supervisor*
  • Family Service Worker
  • Public Health Social Worker
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • FEMA Applicant Assistance Officer
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Clergy
  • Foster Care / Adoption Agent
  • Researcher
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Geriatric Social Worker
  • Residential Counselor
  • Community Organization Worker
  • Housing Advocate
  • Residential Foster Parent
  • Community Services Board Director*
  • Hospice Director*
  • School Social Worker
  • Community Social Worker
  • Industrial Social Worker
  • Services Coordinator
  • Community Volunteer Coordinator
  • Juvenile Probation Counselor
  • Social Group Worker
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Learning Center Director*
  • Social Welfare Administrator*
  • Correctional Case Manager
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Social Work Educator*
  • Criminologist*
  • Mental Health Counselor*
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Direct Service Coordinator*
  • Outreach Coordinator*
  • Youth Service Coordinator

Research/Education

  • Guidance counselor*
  • Bilingual/bicultural program specialist
  • Vocational teacher (of adults)
  • Academic advisor/counselor*
  • Teacher of English as a second language (ESL)
  • Demographer
  • Editor
  • College administrator*
  • Compensation analyst*
  • Collections manager
  • Foundation program manager
  • Marketing researcher
  • Media planner
  • Corporate trainer
  • Student services director*
  • Affirmative action representative
  • School social worker

Government/Public Service

  • Friend of the Court caseworker
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs researcher*
  • Probation officer
  • Public interest group director
  • Grants coordinator
  • Attorney*
  • Congressional committee staff director
  • Coroner/medical examiner*
  • Head Start program director
  • State/federal government policy analyst
  • Public administrator*
  • Urban planner
  • Correctional center/program counselor

Business

  • Journalist
  • Industrial psychologist*
  • Employment recruiter
  • Loan officer/bank employee
  • Union legal counsel*
  • Environmental impact assessment researcher
  • Executive search consultant
  • Human resources manager
  • Management consultant
  • Marketing manager
  • Advertising account executive
  • Art director
  • Salesperson
  • Hotel manager

*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.

Typical Work Activities

  • 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.

Additional Info in Career Services

These publications must be used in the Career Services Office. However there are many brochures and magazines such as Resume Writing, Interviewing and Job Choices that you may take with you:

  • Careers in Focus: Therapist
  • Careers in Social Work
  • Careers in Social and Rehabilitation Services
  • Resumes for Social Services Careers
  • Resumes for Social Service Careers
  • Social Work Career Development
  • Opportunities in Nonprofit Organization Careers

To see a complete list of career books located at the Career Services Office click here.

Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

ALUMNI NAME GRAD. DATE CURRENT JOB ORGANIZATION
Lauren Askew 2008 Child Protective Services Investigator Department of Social Services Anne Arundel County
Leighann Bell 2005 Learning Support Specialist Somerset County Public Schools
Abigal Smith 2006 Social Worker Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Patricia Millman 1982 Social Worker Supervisor State Of Delaware-DHSS
Amanda Pearson 2004 Social Worker/Bereavement Heartland Hospice

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Certification/Licensing Information

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