Explore Social Work
Why Choose Social Work?
Social workers empower individuals, relieve suffering, and affect social change. They help meet the basic needs of all people and strengthen those who are vulnerable, oppressed, or living in poverty.
Over 607,000 social workers are employed in the United States, and the U.S. Department of Labor expects that number to grow by 19% in the coming years. Of those, approximately 50% are employed in health care and social assistance and 30% at government agencies, according to the the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
A degree in social work opens a vast 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 Clinincs & Outpatient Health Care Settings
- Hospice and Palliative Care
- Hospitals & Medical Centers
- Mental Health Clinics & Outpatient Facilities
- Private Practice
- Psychiatric Hospitals
- Social Services Agencies
Hear from professionals first-hand about their experience at BeASocialWorker.org, where you'll find real stories and resources to give you ideas of all the different career paths available to you through the field of social work.
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.
If you have questions or want to schedule an appointment to learn more, don't hesitate to contact Ellen Rice, advisor for the BSSW program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.554.4928.
Additional Online Resources:
- Careers in Social Work
- NASW Salary Guidelines
- Profiles of Social Work Professionals
- U.S. Department of Labor Salary Outlook for Social Work
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