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Why Choose Social Work?

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Why Choose the Social Work Profession?

Social workers change the world and if you are looking for a career with diversity and meaning, we would encourage you to consider social work. The fundamental mission of the social work profession is to serve people needing assistance and to work to make social institutions more responsive to human needs. Social work is distinguished from other helping professions by its person-in-environment focus and its strong commitment to social and economic justice.

Social workers provide assistance to people in every stage of life – from birth to old age. As a result, the practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior, of social, and economic, and cultural institutions, and of the interaction of all these factors. Social workers can be found in a wide range of work settings providing a wide range of services including: helping people obtain tangible services; providing counseling and psychotherapy to individuals, families, and groups; helping communities provide or improve social and health services; and participating in the legislative process.

Just a few of the areas where social workers are often involved and make a difference in someone’s life include:

  • birth of a child
  • abuse
  • addiction
  • adoption
  • child welfare
  • death
  • disability
  • discrimination
  • divorce
  • domestic violence
  • foster care
  • homelessness
  • physical & mental illnesses
  • poverty
  • unemployment

Below are a few of the types of organizations that employ social workers:

  • Mental health clinics and outpatient facilities
  • Social service agencies
  • Schools
  • Foster care & Adoption agenices
  • Government agencies
  • Health clinics and outpatient health care settings
  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Vocational rehabilition facilities
  • Colleges and universities

If this sounds like what you’re looking for in a career, we invite you to further investigate a degree program with the College of Social Work:

Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work
Master’s of Science in Social Work
Doctor of Social Work (DSW) in Clinical Practice and Leadership
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Work