Career Opportunities for Majors in Social Work


The field of social work aims to improve the quality of life for people experiencing a broad range of challenges and situations due to societal and economic factors, such as poverty, homelessness, family issues, substance abuse, and caring for aged relatives. Social work functions include providing services directly to clients such as therapy, as well as administrative responsibilities such as organizing and evaluating services, managing programs, and developing social policy.

Many social workers work within child welfare and family service agencies and in settings providing correctional, educational, gerontological, healthcare, mental health, school, and substance abuse services. Organizations that employ social workers are in the public sector on local, state, and national levels as well as under private auspices (for-profit or not-for-profit). Other social workers are self-employed. With a master's degree you can become licensed by the state to accept third party payments. Every state has some form of certification or licensure for social workers.

A bachelor's degree is usually required for entry level positions, although majors in psychology, sociology, and related fields are sometimes considered for these jobs. A Master's in Social Work (MSW) is generally required for positions involving clinical services particularly to diagnose and treat emotional and mental disorders, and addictions. Policy developers, and administrative and supervisory positions often require an MSW as well. College teaching and research positions often require a doctoral degree in social work (DSW) or Ph.D.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Addiction Counselor Hospice Care Worker Psychologist
Addiction/Substance Abuse Counselor Hospital Administrator Public Administrator
Administrator Human Resource Administrator Public Policy Developer
Career Counselor Human Resources Specialist Rehabilitation Counselor
Case Manager Humanitarian Services Worker Researcher
Child Life Specialists International Social Worker Residence Counselor
Child Welfare Worker Marriage Counselor School Social Worker
Clinical Mental Health Worker Mental Health Worker Senior Living Residence Administrator
Community Affairs Specialist Nonprofit Administrator Social Worker
Community Service Agency Director Nursing Home Administrator Sociologist
Counselor Organizational Development Student Advocate
Crisis Intervention Counselor Parole Officer Student Personnel Service Worker
Disaster Relief Coordinator Policy Developer Substance Abuse Counselor
Disaster/Disease Relief Coordinator Policy Development Researcher Supervisor
Economic and community Developer Probation Counselor Teaching
Family Therapist Probation/Parole Officer Therapist/Counselor
Fundraiser Program Administrator Victim Assistance Specialist
Gerontologist Program Evaluator Volunteer Coordinator
Government Agency Admin Program Planner Youth Counselor
Grant Writer Program Planner/Manager Youth Group Worker
Guidance Counselor Program/Community Developer

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Adoption and Child Care Agencies Home health agencies Rehabilitation clinics
Agencies Serving the Homeless Hospitals Religious organizations
Child Welfare Agencies Mental health institutions School Systems
Community Centers Nursing homes Social Service Agencies
Correctional institutions Outpatient Care Centers Substance Abuse Clinics
Employee Assistance Programs Private Practice Offices Youth Organizations
Family Service Agencies Protective Services for Women & Children
Government Agencies
Alcohol, Drug Abuse & Mental Health Admin. County Probation Office Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Board of Education - Child Study Teams Crime Victim Assistance Programs Police Departments - Local & State
Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Mental Health Public Welfare Agencies
Bureau of Prisons Division of Youth & Family Services Veteran's Administration

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Social Work

Organization Job Title
AA Case Manager
Apostles' House Case Manager
West American Insurance Co. Claims Specialist
Marns City Mental Health Association Educational Program Coordinator
St. Francis Hospital Mental Health Specialist
UMDNJ Mental Health Specialist
St. Peter's Medical Center Outreach Coordinator
Alive with R.A.P.S. (youthful offender program) Service Coordinator
Preferred Behavioral Health group Therapists
Catasys Clinical, Counseling, And School Psychologists
Bluecrest Recovery Center Program Supervisor
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Social Work

Pace University (MA, Psychology) Career Counselor
Private Practice (MSW, LCSW) Clinical Social Worker
NJ Dept. of Human Services (MSW) Coordinator of Youth Services
Clinical Social Work, AM Counseling Services (MSW) Director
Housing Coalition of Central NJ (MSW) Director
Mental Health Services, The Benjamin Rush Center (MSW) Director
Somerset Treatment Services (MSW) Intake Supervisor
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (MSW) Policy Analyst
US Department of Justice, NIJ (MSW, MA Public Health) Social Science Analyst
Newark Board of Education (MSW) School Social Worker
South River Public Schools (MSW) School Social Worker
Private Practice (MSW) Social Work Consultant
Private Practice (A.C.S.W.) Social Worker
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Clinical Pastoral Education Unit At Morristown Medical Center Religion Trauma-informed Counseling
Columbia University Social Work Health and Wellness
Columbia University MSW Social Work
Columbia University Social Work Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities
Fordham University Social Work MAP
Hudson County Community College
Kean College
Long Island University M.Ed. Education
New York University MSW Social Work
New York University MA Psychology
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