Social Work Career Information

Social Work Career

What can you do with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree? An MSW allows social workers to focus on a specialization in one or more areas. Areas of specialization may focus on direct practice or community practice and address issues that cause people to experience crisis and trauma, such as poverty, social injustice, mental health, physical health, homelessness, substance abuse, child abuse or neglect, and domestic violence. The MSW specialization goes beyond the generalist practice training of a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. As such, this degree can open doors to jobs in a wide variety of settings and industries, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Residential youth programs
  • Mental health agencies
  • Hospice care
  • Criminal justice organizations
  • Child welfare services
  • Foster care
  • Adoption agencies
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Schools
  • Military
  • Legislative and policy work
  • Community centers
  • Domestic and global relief organizations
  • Private practice
  • Legal system

There are many important factors to be considered when choosing a career or to invest in further education for your chosen career. How much can I earn? Will I be able to find a job? We've compiled some resources and information here that we hope will help to answer some of these and other questions and help you to evaluate social work as a profession.

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