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What kind of jobs can I get with a degree in Social Work?

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G. Mark’s Answer

Instead of stating the obvious -- become a Social Worker -- I'll get to the practical ramifications of this line of study. A Social Worker gains familiarity with people, their problems, general challenges, hopes, fears and goals. The complex human condition is a driving force in addressing just about every challenge a person is faced with. And in doing so, it becomes a way to motivate people to do their best and enjoy their lives as much as possible. If you have a job where you need to interact with people -- and most jobs are like that, of course -- understanding human behavior will always be a great plus. Not everyone will be aware of the general applicability of Social Work in many other jobs, but many people will. You'll need to approach any particular position with this in mind and a drive to educate your prospective employer about this if necessary. And that effort is, itself, an example of using those same skills.

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Kristina’s Answer

Social workers don't have to be just volunteers or entry level jobs, that (and the related pay) would depend on your goals, career mapping, and the effort you put into it.

Social workers can be executive directors of nonprofit organizations, community organizers, professors, and even members of Congress, to name some examples.

They can work in the public, private, and even military sectors.

They can work hands on building things, provide mentor ship and career guidance, be advocates for those in need, conduct research, and even work in social media.

There are a ton of options out there for for those passionate enough to become social workers.

Per the National Association of Social Workers, "The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet basic and complex needs of all people, with a particular focus on those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. If you’re looking for a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and a variety of options, consider social work. "

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Learn about different kinds of social work at the NASW site

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Sophia’s Answer

Hello Shelby! I believe I found some good jobs for you. I will provide a simple ten-job list below.

I found my information here, and you can look into the jobs more on this page. I recommend reading the page for quick reviews on the jobs I listed.

Child Welfare Social Worker

Direct-Service Social Worker

Gerontology Social Worker

Medical/Public Health Social Worker

Mental Health Social Worker

Palliative & Hospice Care Social Worker

Research Social Worker

School Social Worker

Substance Abuse Social Worker

Veterans & Military Social Worker

I hope this helps you with what you're looking for!

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