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Careers in Social Work

If you’re looking for a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction and an abundance of options, consider social work. Social workers are people who care about people, who want to make things better, who want to relieve suffering, who want their work to make a difference.

Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. This can mean providing direct services or therapy directly to their clients. It can also mean working for change to improve social conditions.

Many social workers work for social change, as well. The victim of an assault benefits not only from therapy but also from efforts to curb neighborhood crime. The client under stress because illness has devastated the family finances benefits from efforts to reform the nation’s health care system.

For information about the following specific social work careers, explore the National Association of Social Workers Careers pages

  • Substance Misuse and Addictions
  • Aging
  • Child Welfare
  • Public Welfare
  • School Social Work
  • Justice/Corrections
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Employment/Occupational Social Work
  • Health Care
  • Mental Health/Clinical Social Work
  • Community Organization
  • International Social Work
  • Management/Administration
  • Policy and Planning
  • Politics
  • Research