What Is Social Work?
Social work is about helping others and advocating for social justice. Social workers are skilled in tackling issues as vast as working with older adults needing nursing home placements to assisting urban communities looking for leadership and change.
Social workers often see clients who face social problems that may include life-threatening disease, inadequate housing, unemployment, lack of job skills, financial distress, serious illness or disability, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancy and serious domestic conflicts. They help these clients identify their concerns, consider effective solutions, and find reliable resources.
Most social workers specialize in an area of practice. These include, but are not limited to:
- Clinical work
- Child welfare or family services
- Mental health
- Health care
- School social workers
- Criminal justice
- Policy making and advocacy
A career in social work requires, at minimum, a Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW), but a Master of Social Work (MSW) is required for most social work positions.