Career Opportunities

Social Worker With Elderly Client

A degree in social work can open the door to a variety of rewarding career options that will positively impact the lives of individuals and communities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

This versatile degree builds critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills, and prepares students for entry-level social work positions in a number of areas:

Child, Family and School Social Work

  • Work with families to strengthen parenting skills
  • Prevent child abuse
  • Identify alternative homes for children who are unable to live with their biological families
  • Provide counseling and support services to school age children and teenagers
  • Advocate for student success

Medical Social Work

  • Help aging populations and their families
  • Advise family care givers
  • Provide patient education and discharge planning
  • Make referrals for other services

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Work

  • Help clients adjust to major lifestyle changes
  • Assist with disaster relief programs
  • Provide substance abuse assessment and referrals
  • Make referrals for social rehabilitation and crisis intervention

Criminal Justice Social Work

  • Serve as probation and parole officers
  • Work with juveniles in detention centers
  • Work in an alternative sentencing program

Military Social Work

  • Work with active duty military members and their families
  • Work with veterans in the community
  • Work in veteran hospitals

Community Social Work

  • Raise funds for community project
  • Write grants to sustain communities
  • Plan and implement community infrastructure projects
  • Assist and advocate for state and federal policies that assist community projects