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What is Social Work?

Social work means engaging in psychosocial evaluation and intervention, including therapy, to the extent permitted by the licensure provisions of this chapter, to effect a change in the feelings, attitudes and behavior of a client, whether an individual, group or community. "Social work" also means engaging in community organization, social planning, administration and research.

The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being.

Utilizing theories of human behavior and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments.

Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work.

Related Career Titles

Agency Director Deputy Director International Social Worker
Aging/Gerontology Developmental Disabilities Manager/Administrator
Child Welfare/Children's Services Eligibility Specialist Mental /Clinical Social Worker
Case Worker Executive Director Policy & Planning Specialist
Community Org. Dir. Social Worker Policy Advocate
Consultant Food Stamp Administrator Policy Analyst
School Social Worker Health Care Specialist Program Manager
Teacher Supervisor Research Analyst
Criminal Justice/Corrections Specialist Substance Abuse Counselor Intake Counselor
Employment/ Occupational Social Worker

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Related Major Skills

Planning long-term projects Recruiting/coordinating research subjects
Writing grant proposals Evaluating
Maintaining records Developing project designs
Interviewing Understanding group dynamics
Observing human interactions Recognizing cultural differences/similarities
Surveying and sampling Identifying value systems
Gathering and organizing data Examining data
Conducting field studies Applying non-intrusive methods
Reaching new conclusions through comparative study Utilizing statistical applications

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Job & Internship Search Links

Handshake -- UNCW's Online Job & Career Portal

Job Search Resources

Allied Health Careers


American Counseling Association

Chronicle of Philanthropy

Corporation for National and Community Service

Council on Social Work Education

Federal Jobs Digest


Human Services Career Network


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International Federation of Social Workers 

NASW JobLink 

NASW of NC Job Bank 


New Social Worker Online 

Nonprofit Career Network 

Opportunity Knocks 


Philanthropy Journal 

Social Service

Social Work Job Bank

Social Work PRN

Social Work Search


United Way

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Career Planning Links

Candid Career Videos

Occupational Outlook Handbook

O*NET OnLine

NC Tower

American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work

American Counseling Association

Association for Community Organization and Social Administration 

Association of Social Work Boards (licensure) 

Clinical Social Work Federation 

Council on Social Work Education (accredited programs) 


National Association of Social Workers 

National Board of Certified Counselors 

NC Social Work Certification and Licensure Board

NC Society for Clinical Social Work

Social Work Café

Social Work Exam Prep

UM School of Social Work

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