What can I do with my SOCIAL WORK degree?

Employers of Social Work Majors

  • Hospitals, Medical Centers, & Hospices

  • Nursing Homes & Senior Citizen Centers

  • Councils on Aging

  • Senior Volunteer Programs/Agencies

  • Mental Health Centers & Psychiatric Hospitals

  • Family Service Agencies

  • Group Homes

  • Adoption Agencies

  • Child Day Care

  • Foster Care Agencies

  • Child Welfare Agencies

  • Government: Departments of Social Services, Corrections, etc.


  • Health Departments

  • Corporations

  • Health Maintenance Organizations

  • Advocacy Agencies, Refugee Relief Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

  • Prisons, Courts, Police Departments, and Victim Services Programs

Related Occupations for Social Work Majors

Some of these occupations may require additional education at Graduate or Professional schools. For information on qualifications and career specifics consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook or other career resources. Also, take advantage of career counseling offered by the Center for Student Excellence.

Agency Director


Case Worker

Health Care Specialist

Child Welfare Services Worker

Intake Counselor

Clinical Social Worker

Policy Advocate Program Manager

Community Organization Director

School Social Worker

Criminal Justice/Corrections Specialist

Social Worker

Developmental Disabilities Specialist

Substance Abuse Counselor

Preparing for a Job in Social Work

  1. Plan to obtain an advanced degree for best jobs.

  2. Become familiar with government hiring practices.

  3. Develop good interpersonal skills.

  4. Take special courses related to your area of interest.

  5. Pursue internship, co-op, part-time or volunteer work in social service agencies.

  6. Work in advocacy program with targeted population.

  7. Pursue crisis intervention, justice system, violence, medical terminology or substance abuse training.

Links for Social Work Majors

More Info from Career Services


Contact Information

Department of Health and Human Sciences
White Hall Room 108