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Social Work Jobs

What Kinds of Social Work Jobs Are Available?

Social work is an incredibly broad and diverse field; it offers an almost limitless range of career options. Social workers work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, non-profit organizations, mental health centers, schools, advocacy agencies, community organizations, and government offices.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social work employment opportunities are expected to grow at a rate of 25% between now and 2020, which is faster than average. This means it’s a great time to become a social worker. Demand will be particularly high for social workers employed in the fields of healthcare, substance abuse, and social services (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012-2013).

With a degree from an accredited school of social work, you can enter any of the following fields:

  • Mental health services
  • Military social work
  • Adoption and foster care
  • Family preservation services
  • Child protective services
  • Homeless services
  • Hospital social work
  • Health and wellness services
  • Outpatient health services
  • School-based social work
  • Psychiatric hospital services
  • Domestic violence services
  • Services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Services to older adults
  • Faith-based services
  • Advocacy services
  • Grant management
  • HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services
  • Addictions prevention and treatment services
  • Services for justice-involved persons
  • Crisis intervention
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Nonprofit management and support
  • Community organizing and intervention
  • Housing services
  • Guardian ad litem
  • Disaster relief


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