Social Work

Social workers help people deal with their relationships with others, solve their personal, family, and community problems, and grow and develop as they learn to cope with or shape the social and environmental forces affecting daily life. Social workers often encounter clients facing a life-threatening disease or a social problem requiring a quick solution. These situations may include inadequate housing, unemployment, lack of job skills, financial distress, serious illness or disability, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancy, or antisocial behavior. They also assist families that have serious conflicts, including those involving child or spousal abuse. May work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, and public agencies. Depending on specialization, training and/or certification, may be deemed Social Group Worker, Medical Social Worker, Clinical Social Worker, Health Services Social Worker, Psychiatric Social Worker, Mental Social Worker, School Social Worker, or School Adjustment Counselor. A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for many entry-level jobs, but a master's degree is generally required for advancement.