What Can You Do With A Major In Social Work?

Summary Description

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. They may assist parents who are in need of help, as in single parent homes, they may also 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 on how to deal with problem children.


Typical Career Paths
Public Welfare
School Social Work
Criminal Justice
Community Organizations
Child Welfare
Developmental Disabilities
Research and Education
International Social Work

Some Related Career Titles

To research these titles and more go to (Occupational Outlook Handbook) 

Entry Level Jobs

Adoption Agent

Adoption Coordinator

Adoption Counselor


2 Years Minimum Experience and/or Master Degree 

Licensed Social Worker 

Child Development Consultant 







General Career Directions

  • Adoption Agent
  • Adoption Coordinator
  • Adoption Counselor
  • Caseworker
  • Caseworker, Child Welfare
  • Caseworker, Family
  • Child Abuse Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Juvenile Counselor
  • Community Worker
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Early Interventionist
  • Child Development Consultant
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Foster Care Worker

Typical Employers/Work Settings

  • Nonprofit Agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Counseling Centers
  • Juvenile Detention Facilities
  • Adoption Agencies
  • Foster Homes
  • Mental Health Facilities

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Jacksonville United Way Online Directory 

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Beginning Salary Range:

Starting social worker salaries range from $25,919 (Florida) to $32,896 (California).

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Skills Needed For This Career


Planning long-term projects

Recruiting/coordinating research subjects

Writing grant proposals


Maintaining records

Developing project designs


Understanding group dynamics

Observing human interactions

Recognizing cultural differences/similarities

Surveying and sampling

Identifying value systems

Gathering and organizing data

Examining data

Conducting field studies

Applying non-intrusive methods

Reaching new conclusions through comparative study

Utilizing statistical applications


Links to Professional Associations 

~Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.


American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work 
Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD) 
Association of Oncology Social Work 
Council on Social Work Education 
Clinical Social Work Association
Rural Social Work Caucus 
Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care
Canadian Association for Social Work Education
Canadian Association of Social Workers
Institute for Geriatric Social Work
American Council for School Social Work

Southeast Evaluation Association (SEA) -Regional resource for students interested in incorporating evaluation into their career

Student Division of National Association of Social Workers
Council on Social Work Education

Association of Social Work Boards



 Job Search Information 



http://socialworkjobbank.com/jobseekers/ SocialWorkJobBank




http://www.mswguide.org/careers -a guide to social work careers 

http://www.mswguide.org/schools/the-ultimate-field-education-guide -complete guide to field education
http://www.mswguide.org/licensure- breakdown of social work licensure in each state

Social Work Career Guide-an in-depth career guide on social work that details the different field specialties and features interviews with social workers about they challenges they face on the job. 

LearnPsychology- This will offer extra helpful resource for your students to explore various career profiles and learn about the various disciplines within Psychology.

Graduate School Resources


Florida Atlantic University

Florida State University

University of Central Florida

Barry University

University of South Florida

Florida International University 
Online Social Work Resources- Developed by HIgher Education.com,  Resource for students and professionals interested in pursuing a graduate degree in social work



Link To UNF Academic program 


UNF Department of Sociology and Anthropology



 Holland Codes:  Social   Enterprising Conventional


Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
  • Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
  • Get involved in volunteer work and community service
  • Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
  • Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
  • Join a professional association related to your career choice