What is social work?
Social work is a profession with many different
opportunities and areas, all with the common goal of helping
individuals. According to the
National Association of
Social Workers: “Social workers are skilled professionals
who work to empower individuals, relieve suffering and affect
social change. They are generalists and specialists who work in
a wide variety of settings but apply common core values,
principles and techniques.” Our programs are all accredited by
the Council on Social Work
Education, which is essential for licensure after
graduation. For more information about social work, check out
Social Work Helps website.
How do I know social work is for me?
provide a wide range of services to individuals, families, small
groups, communities, and organizations. Working from a strengths
perspective, social workers are guided by the values of social
justice and human rights. Social workers often reach out to
people who may be described as oppressed and underserved.
Social workers most commonly work in non-profit agencies and or
government agencies. Fields of social work practice include,
but are not limited to, mental health, child welfare, family
work, substance abuse, adult and juvenile justice, school or
medical social work, geriatric social work, homelessness and
housing, domestic violence, and community
organizing/development. Social work jobs can be found in various
environments like schools, hospitals, communities, and other
According to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics the need for social workers is
expected to grow much faster than average in the next decade.
are increased opportunities for social workers who are bilingual
and for social workers who want to work in rural, underserved