Social Work

Career Information and Opportunities

Do you have what it takes to be a social worker?
  • Do you have the desire to be a problem-solver?
  • Do you dream of making life better for others?
  • Do you find yourself compelled to address, mediate, and negotiate problems?
  • Do you have the tendency to view an issue from multiple perspectives?
  • Do you feel driven to advocate for fairness, justice, and basic civil rights for all people?
  • Most importantly, do you want to build your communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, and leadership skills?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are a social worker at heart. Beyond caring, social work requires specialized knowledge, practice skills, values and ethics. Social Workers are devoted to relieving misery, overcoming obstacles, and improving social conditions and services for people everywhere.

Social Work Employment outlook: Our Graduates Get Jobs!
  • A nationwide shortage of social workers will continue to exist for decades
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the social work profession will continue to grow for the next several decades and at a rate faster than most professions.
  • Social workers are in demand and are highly desired for countless human service areas. In fact, some service setting hire social workers exclusively.
  • Most social work growth will occur in medical and public health (22% growth), mental health & substance abuse (20% growth), child family and school (12%), all other social workers (13% growth).
  • Social workers specializing in geriatrics and working in rural areas are especially in demand.

Source:(Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012 Edition, Social Workers, on the Internet)

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