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About Social Work as a Profession

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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 the Social Work Helps website.

How do I know social work is for me?

Social Workers 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.

Where you might work: 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 voluntary organizations. Click here for the Social Work Opportunities Flyer.

Take non-degree seeking classes to see if earning a MSW is for you.  Find out more by clicking here.

Job Outlook:  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the need for social workers is expected to grow much faster than average in the next decade.  In addition there are increased opportunities for social workers who are bilingual and for social workers who want to work in rural, underserved areas.

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