What Is Social Work?
SOCIAL WORK IS A PROFESSION THAT CHANGES LIVES
Social work is for compassionate people wanting to help others who are struggling. Every day, social workers help thousands of people learn new ways to overcome some of life’s most challenging obstacles. Everyone’s life has been touched by a social worker in one way or another. And that’s exactly what social work is all about—helping others and making a difference in people’s lives. If you want a career that’s diverse, meaningful, and rewarding, social work is for you.
Social work provides a great variety of career paths in areas such as mental health and addiction, child welfare, healthcare, aging, school social work, housing and homelessness, criminal justice, military social work, human trafficking, and community organization.
Social workers are educators, advocates, care coordinators, therapists, community organizers, administrators, mediators, politicians, and researchers.
EVERYWHERE THERE ARE PEOPLE IN NEED, THERE ARE SOCIAL WORKERS!
- Correctional facilities
- Mental health and addiction centers
- Foster care and adoption agencies
- International aid organizations
- Military bases
- Private practice
- Community centers
- Child welfare agencies
- Nursing homes and adult day centers
- And many more