Explore Social Work
Why choose social work?
Over 682,000 social workers were employed in the United States in 2016, and the U.S. Department of Labor expects that number to grow by 16% by 2026. Approximately 47% of the social workers currently employed work as a child/family/school social workers, 26% are healthcare social workers, and 18% are mental health and substance abuse social workers.
A degree in social work opens a variety of opportunities for graduates. The NASW provides information about what a social worker's role is like in the following areas:
- Colleges and Universities
- Government Agencies
- Health Clinics & Outpatient Health Care Settings
- Hospice and Palliative Care
- Hospitals & Medical Centers
- Mental Health Clinics & Outpatient Facilities
- Private Practice
- Psychiatric Hospitals
- Social Services Agencies
One of the best parts about social work is that curiosity and exploration are encouraged. Most students enter the program without a set job in mind, only with an excitement to learning how best to make a difference in the world.