Careers in Social Work
Bachelor of Science Degree in:
What jobs are available?
School-based social worker, Child protection services, Youth services, Health and wellness education, Mental health counseling, Refugee services, Community development, Social planning, Nursing homes, Foster care, Clinical social worker, Corrections, Parole, and Probation departments.
Who employs Social Workers?
- Hospitals, medical centers, and HMOs
- Nursing homes/senior centers
- Mental health centers
- Social service agencies (public/private)
- Child welfare agencies (public/private)
- Adoption agencies
- Private and public schools
- Head Start and day care centers
- Group homes
- Counseling centers
- International aid agencies
- Federal, state, and local governments
- Prisons/courts/police/victim services
- Corporations/businesses/labor unions
Good skills or traits for Social Workers:
- Ability to listen well and communicate clearly.
- Compassion, respect and acceptance of others who are different from you.
- Computer skills such as word processing are necessary in many social work agencies.
- Knowledge of other cultures and language ability - especially Spanish.
Special training, degrees or experience I may need:
- Do an internship, co-op, volunteer, or summer job with desired target population.
- Take elective courses in specialized areas such as medical records, crisis intervention, etc.
- A Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) is generally necessary for supervisory, administrative, or staff training positions in health, mental health settings, and public agencies.
- College, university teaching positions, and most research normally require a Ph.D. in Social Work.
- Licensure of social workers is required by most states. North Carolina requires a Master's degree in social work for licensure.
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