Social work is a profession
that works to enhance individual, organizational,
and community potential. Social
workers are employed in both public and private human
service agencies and work with a variety of populations
including individuals, families, small groups, organizations,
If you are interested in enhancing people's
potential and believe in the worth and dignity of
all individuals, then social work may be the career
Who is a Social Worker?
A social worker is a person who has graduated
with a professional degree in social work, either
at the baccalaureate level (BSW), the master's
level (MSW), or the doctoral level (Ph.D. or DSW).
- The BSW degree prepares graduates for entry level
work in human services.
- The MSW prepares graduates for advanced social
work practice in specialized areas (e.g., mental
health, family services, health care etc.).
- The Ph.D./DSW prepares graduates for research,
teaching, or administration.
|Where Do Social Workers Work?
|Drug treatment centers
Mental health facilities
Victim service agencies
Employee assistance programs
Community planning agencies
Home health care agencies
Domestic violence shelters
Public health departments
Residential care settings
Child/adult protective services
Family service agencies
Adoption and foster care agencies
Skills, and Values
What Makes a Social Work Degree Valuable?
Receiving a degree from an accredited BSW or MSW
program makes your degree valuable. An accredited
degree means the social work program at that school
has met specific national standards and provides
students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and
values needed to succeed as a social worker.
Skills Used by Social Workers:
- Political Action
- Public Relations
- Social Action
- Grant Writing
- Group Facilitation
- Case Management
- Conflict Resolution
- Grass-Roots Organizing
- Program Administration
- Direct Practice
- Intervention Planning
- Discharge Planning
- Family Preservation
- Crisis Intervention
- Legislative Advocacy
- Negotiation and Mediation
- Outcome Evaluation
For additional information regarding Social Work as
a career please see the U.S. Department of Labor's "Occupational
Handbook" at http://www.bls.gov/oco/.