Careers in Social Work

Social work is a growing profession that offers a broad range of employment opportunities and settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.”

Social workers care for people in every stage of life, from infants to the elderly, helping them overcome life's most difficult challenges, including:

  • abuse
  • addiction
  • anxiety
  • behavioral issues
  • crime
  • grief
  • depression
  • disability
  • discrimination
  • divorce
  • eating disorders
  • financial difficulties
  • homelessness
  • mental illness
  • natural disasters
  • physical illness
  • poverty
  • relationship issues
  • self-esteem issues
  • self-harm
  • stress
  • substance abuse
  • terminal illness
  • trauma
  • unemployment

Social workers help those in need in a wide array of settings, including:

  • child and family services
  • colleges/universities
  • corporations
  • counseling centers
  • crisis centers
  • faith-based agencies
  • federal, state, and local governments
  • foster care and adoption agencies
  • group homes
  • hospitals and medical clinics
  • mental health clinics
  • military bases
  • non-profit organizations
  • nursing homes
  • pregnancy centers
  • prisons
  • political offices
  • rehabilitation centers
  • schools
  • social welfare agencies
  • substance abuse recovery clinics
  • vocational/employment offices

Learn more about a career in social work

Learn more about the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)


ACU ranks 3rd among the 35 Best Value Christian Colleges with a CSWE-accredited Social Work Program in 2015. Read more

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