Career Paths

Social workers practice in many different settings that frequently overlap. For instance, a social worker specializing in alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs may be a substance abuse counselor in a rehabilitation center and, at the same time, help organize an after school program in the center's neighborhood to give its children a safe place to play and study. Social work is a broad and diverse profession and is not limited to the areas mentioned below. For further research on careers in social work, visit the NASW website at

Examples of Career Opportunities in Social Work

  • Alcohol or Drug Abuse Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Family Services
  • Aging and Gerontological Services
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Justice Systems
  • Grief/Bereavement Services
  • Health Care
  • Medical Services
  • Mental Behavioral Health
  • Mental Health
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Public Welfare
  • Public Assistance
  • School of Social Work