Careers in Social Work


”You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals.  To that end, each of us must work for out own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.”
                                                                                              - Madame Marie Curie

Possible Social Work Career Opportunities:

Careers Dealing with Children
  • Child abuse Assessor
  • School social worker
  • HeadStart Coordinator
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Family Preservation Worker
  • Individual counselor
  • In-home Counselor
  • Family counseling
  • Residential Treatment Worker
  • Foster care/adoption work
  • Court Advocate
  • Youth group leader
  • Drug Counselor
  • Suicide prevention work
  • Pregnancy Counseling
  • Abortion counseling
  • Team Ropes course leader
  • Camp counselor
  • Probation officer
  • Group home counselor---play therapy
  • School Liaison Coordinator (truancy issues)
  • Child abuse (sexual and physical) and neglect coordinator
  • Creator of mentoring and tutoring programs
  • Director of support groups for children of divorced parents, deceased parents, eating disorders, and gay and lesbians
Careers Dealing with Adults
  • Hospital worker
  • Hospice
  • Broker of resources
  • Politics-policy writer
  • Case manager
  • Job coach
  • Domestic violence advocate
  • Drug counselor
  • Work with AIDS patients
  • Parenting skills
  • Prisons
  • Sexual assault advocate
  • Immigrant work
  • Occupational social worker
  • Campus counseling services
  • Victim assistance worker
  • Parole officer
  • Employee assistance worker
  • Rural program developer
  • Support groups (elderly, dying, addiction)
  • Individual, group, family counseling
  • Work with Homeless/housing coordinator
Careers Dealing with the Elderly
  • Nursing home work
  • Support groups with the elderly
  • Home health coordinator
  • Elder in-home social worker
  • Work with Meals on Wheels
  • Recreational director
  • Visiting shut-ins
  • Managed care social Worker 
Careers Dealing with Special Populations 
  • Physically challenged
  • Homeless/AIDS/drug addicts
  • Convicts
  • Gay and lesbian
  • Immigrants
  • Mentally ill / mentally challenged
Careers Dealing with the Government
  • The Veterans Administration: Federal Prisons
  • Services to Native Americans
  • Federal Health Facilities
  • The Armed Forces
  • Public Welfare
  • Social Services
  • Job Corps
General Areas to Work 
  • School
  • Hospital
  • Community center
  • Residential facility
  • Reservation
  • Nursing home
  • Prisons/jails/police stations
  • Immigration office
  • Overseas
  • Government jobs/ Military
Alternative Social Work Titles 
  • Fundraiser
  • Administrator
  • Researcher
  • Grant writer
  • Politician
  • Social Activist
  • Social Planner
  • Teacher/ Workshop presenter

For more information contact:
Nancy Z. Fett, L.M.S.W.
e-mail: nancy.fett@loras.edu
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