Social Work

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About this program

A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

Career Opportunities

Social Work Professors

teach courses in social work. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
$78110
Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

Probation Officers

provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.
$61900
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

CPS Social Workers

provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.
$52370
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
Personality Match


Healthcare Social Workers

provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family caregivers. Provide patients with information and counseling, and make referrals for other services. May also provide case and care management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.
$60470
Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

Marriage and Family Therapists

Eileen Kinney Lindgren from Just Mind Counseling
Kimberly Panganiban from
3 reviews
diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.
$56890
Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

Mental Health Counselors

Amanda Conroy from Amanda Conroy Counseling
Wendy Pitts from A public alternative education school in Maryland
Natalie Capano, MHC-LP from Cobb Psychotherapy
Ginelle Krummey, MA LCMHCA NCC from Growth Point Collaborative Counseling and Group Facilitation, PLLC
Courtney Kirkpatrick MS, NCC, LPC from Consilium Behavioral Health
10 reviews
counsel and advise individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health, with an emphasis on prevention. May help individuals deal with a broad range of mental health issues, such as those associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; or aging.
$51550
Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match


Social and Community Service Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
$75140
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match


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