What can I do with my SOCIAL WORK degree?

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 Gerontologist
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.


Program Overview   Contact Information
Social Work   Department of Counseling and Human Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    On Campus: White Hall Room 108
    Telephone: 985-549-2309
    Email: Betty.Zinna@selu.edu

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