Social Work - Career Pathways

Social Work


What is Social Work?

In Social Work, offered by the Department of Sociocultural and Justice Sciences, students learn the knowledge, values, and skills required to become entry-level professional social workers who work with individuals, families, groups and communities to find solutions to problems. In addition to coursework, students complete 500 hours of guided, professional experience working in a community-based, human service organization. This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Academic Program

What Can I Do with a Social Work Degree?

A bachelor’s degree in Social Work prepares students for entry-level practice as a generalist social work professional. Students may also pursue graduate study or careers in other nonprofit, community outreach, education, healthcare, and human services related fields.

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Career Outlooks

To explore specific job outlooks, use MyNextMove, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and MyPlan. Each offers unique insight about the personalities, skills, knowledge, technology, abilities, and educational requirements compatible with a job.

For a more personal approach, use resources like Candid Careers and Glassdoor. Candid Careers hosts thousands of interviews with industry professionals. Glassdoor provides numerous employee reviews from various companies. Both provide great insight into the industry and daily life of a particular career.

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Sample Job Titles

Career Counselor
Child Protective Services Specialist
Crisis Hotline Counselor
Family Services Coordinator
Human Resources Specialist
Life Skills Coach
Nursing Home Administrator
Program Manager

Psychiatric Social Worker
Public Health Administrator
School Social Worker
Substance Abuse Counselor
Victim Advocate
Volunteer Coordinator
Welfare Supervisor
Youth Services Director

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Internships and Applied Learning Opportunities  Use FREDNetwork to find professional jobs, internships, student employment and summer job opportunities

Internships foster hands-on learning and skill building. They also help students make connections and network with potential employers. 

You can use FREDNetwork, the CDO’s job and internship database, to find internship (and employment) opportunities! Schedule an appointment with a CDO career counselor for more information and advice.

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Major-specific activities and student organizations and clubs provide venues to make connections and build strong networks. Depending on personal interests and career goals, students may join a variety of clubs such as the Social Work Club.

Networks continue to grow through digital groups such as LinkedIn.

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Professional Associations

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Get Connected

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What’s Next?

Not sure about your future? Schedule an appointment
The CDO is here to help you explore opportunities!
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