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AREAS

PUBLIC WELFARE

Administration and Planning

Case Management

Program Evaluation

Policy Setting

Research

EMPLOYERS

Public welfare agencies

Private social service agencies

DESCRIPTIONS/STRATEGIES

Public welfare is designed to provide services and support for poor, disabled,

ill, elderly, or juvenile clients.

Volunteer at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, battered women homes, literacy

programs, or other social service agencies to get experience.

AREAS

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/CORRECTIONS

Counseling/Therapy

Rehabilitation

Probation

Parole

Youth Services

Victim Assistance

EMPLOYERS

Prisons and correctional facilities

Courts

Police departments

Probation offices

Victim services organizations

DESCRIPTIONS/STRATEGIES

Social workers in corrections focus on rehabilitation of clients.

Obtain experience by volunteering at a corrections facility or victims program

such as a rape crisis center.

AREAS

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK

Clinical Social Work

Pupil Personnel Services

Student Advocacy

Instruction

EMPLOYERS

Elementary and secondary schools

School districts

Head start centers

Early intervention programs

DESCRIPTIONS/STRATEGIES

School systems may employ social workers to help students cope with and resolve

emotional, developmental, or educational difficulties.

Gain experience with children at daycare centers, camps, or Scouts.

AREAS

CHILD WELFARE

Case Management

Advocacy

Intervention

EMPLOYERS

Public and private child welfare agencies

Adoption agencies

Foster care organizations

Child daycare

DESCRIPTIONS/STRATEGIES

Child welfare social workers strive to ensure the safety and well-being of children

through treatment of the whole family.

Volunteer at daycares, child shelters, camps, YMCA, Scouts, or other agencies

that aid youth.

AREAS

GERONTOLOGY

Advocacy/Intervention

Counseling

Case Management

Programming

Public Policy

EMPLOYERS

Hospitals

Nursing homes

Senior centers

Assisted living

Hospice

DESCRIPTIONS/STRATEGIES

Gerontology involves working with older adults, healthy or ill, and their families.

Get involved with programs or organizations designed for senior citizens.

AREAS

CLINICAL

Counseling

Therapy

EMPLOYERS

Community mental health centers

Psychiatric hospitals

Residential and day treatment hospitals

Employment assistance programs

Schools

Family service agencies

Private practice

DESCRIPTIONS/STRATEGIES

Clinical social workers are found in a variety of settings that provide therapeutic

counseling to clients.

Master of Social Work (MSW) is required.

AREAS

ADMINISTRATION

Management

Policy Development

Planning

EMPLOYERS

Family service agencies

Child welfare departments

Social service agencies

State mental health departments

Employee assistance programs

Probation departments

Public welfare agencies

Public interest groups

Local, state, and federal government

DESCRIPTIONS/STRATEGIES

Administrators are involved with planning, budgeting, public relations, marketing,

supervising, operations management, fund raising, and other crucial responsibilities

that keep an organization functioning.

Obtain an MSW and gain management experience.

AREAS

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

Research

Teaching

EMPLOYERS

Colleges and universities

Research institutes

Local, state and federal government

Advocacy organizations

DESCRIPTIONS/STRATEGIES

Research provides data and statistics important in program implementation and

policy development.

Doctor of Social Work (DSW) or Ph.D. usually required.

AREAS

OCCUPATIONAL

Counseling

Education

Wellness Promotion

Employee Assistance

Organizational Development

Human Resources

EMPLOYERS

Businesses

Corporations

Employee assistance programs

Labor unions

DESCRIPTIONS/STRATEGIES

Occupational social workers help employees to be more productive and satisfied.

AREAS

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Case Management

Program Planning and Evaluation

Research

Policy Development

EMPLOYERS

Community residential homes

State and local agencies

Medical facilities

Schools

DESCRIPTIONS/STRATEGIES

Social workers in this area help people with disabilities to adjust and to lead

productive lives.

Volunteer at special needs camps, daycares, schools, or hospitals to gain experience.

AREAS

HEALTH CARE

Case Management

Counseling

Program Development

Administration

Research

EMPLOYERS

Hospitals

Community health centers

Outpatient clinics

Public health programs

Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)

Nursing homes

Group homes

Hospice

Veterans Administration hospitals

DESCRIPTIONS/STRATEGIES

Social workers in health care facilitate medical and emotional treatment of

patients.

Choose volunteer settings such as hospitals, the American Red Cross, or AIDS

agencies to get experience.

AREAS

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION

Program and Community Development

Advocacy

Politics

Education

Planning

EMPLOYERS

Advocacy organizations

Development corporations

Community centers

Local, state, and federal government

Associations

DESCRIPTIONS/STRATEGIES

Social workers in this area work with existing organizations to improve conditions

for specific groups, enhance quality of living, and involve community members

in the political process. Get involved with grassroots causes and community

agencies.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares individuals for entry-level direct practice.

Master of Social Work (MSW) is necessary to provide therapy and for advancement

to supervisory or administrative positions.

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) or Ph.D. usually required for positions in teaching,

research, and administration. Desirable for some clinical positions and private

practice.

Complete a degree from a college or university program accredited by the Council

on Social Work Education. Programs include practical field experience.

Most states require licensure, certification, or registration.

The field practicum is used to determine suitability for this profession and

to provide exposure to various practice settings and clients.

Candidates should possess empathy for others, an appreciation for diversity,

and an interest in social change.

Social workers serve a range of client systems (individuals, families, groups,

communities) as they attempt to enhance social functioning.

Social work is unique given its dual focus on the person and the environment.

Note: Much of this information was adapted from Choices: Careers in Social

Work by the National Association of Social Workers.

 

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of

Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA

Employer

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ccullinan@medaille.edu

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