How to Become a Social Worker
Becoming a social worker can give you the opportunity to make a lasting impact in your community. Through an engaging, comprehensive social work degree program, you can forge a career path for yourself that helps improve the wellbeing of individuals and families.
What Does a Social Worker Do?
- Providing Drug and Alcohol treatment to individuals struggling with addiction
- Utilizing Trauma-Informed Care as a best practice
- Providing support to, and encouraging, at-risk students to stay in school
- Providing assessment and psychotherapy in community centers
- Researching, referring, and advocating for community resources for vulnerable and oppressed individuals and families
- Connecting incarcerated individuals to re-entry resources
- Providing child-welfare services; including adoption assistance
- Developing and evaluating programs and services to ensure that basic client needs are met
- Advocating for policy change on the local, state, and federal levels
- Working on interprofessional teams and leading organizations to fulfill their mission and goals
- Organizing groups, task forces, and communities for social change events and movements
Earn Your Bachelor of Social Work Degree
- Social Justice and Advocacy
- Social Science Research Methods
- Human Behavior and the Social Environment
- Social Work with Individuals; Groups & Families; and Organizations and Communities;
- Analysis of Social Policy
Already have a Bachelors? Earn Your MBA in Human and Social Services Leadership
- Secondary trauma support
- Ethical leadership
- Evidence-based practice and program evaluation
Social Work Licensure and Job Outlook
- School Social Worker
- Children Services Worker
- Family Advocacy Representative
- Family Preservation Services Coordinator
- Outpatient Health Specialist
- Parole Officer
- Policy Planning Specialist
- Human Service Worker
- Information and Referral Specialist
- Job Coach
- Legal service agencies
- Life Skills Counselor
- Behavioral Management Specialist
- Community Outreach Specialist
- Case Manager
- Juvenile Court Liaison
- Victim Advocate
- Probation officer
The social work profession is expected to grow by up to 14% throughout the next 10 years2, creating numerous opportunities for people with BSW and a strong desire to promote social welfare, help families overcome challenges, advocate for change, and more.
Find an Online Social Work Program at MVNU
Online Social Work Programs
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