Social Work Education and Careers

Social Work Education and Careers

Social workers help people improve their problem-solving and coping skills, help them find the resources they need to improve their lives, facilitate interactions between people and their environments, and influence social policies.

There are over 600,000 social workers in the U.S., and they work in state and local government, hospitals, nursing homes, mental health clinics, schools, correctional facilities, and more. A social worker may work in an office or make house calls, whatever it takes to help people in need.

Choose Your Field

Even though everyone has the potential to help others by listening and talking through difficulties, studying social work practice and techniques will get you on your way to professionally counseling people with personal problems and advocating for their benefit and well-being.

Learn More ›

Human services strives to improve the physical and mental health of individuals, groups and communities. Human services professionals work in many different venues: community mental health centers, youth services, and in programs for substance abuse, family violence and aging.

Learn More ›

Nikelle Rosier-Butler

“Take a deep breath and know it will be overwhelming at first. Allow yourself to learn all you can and let it flow.”

Nikelle Rosier-Butler, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Choose Your Degree Level


Associate of Arts

An AA with a concentration in social work or human services is your entry into the field. Get your first two years of studies done, often at a lower cost to you.


Bachelor’s (BSW)

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry-level jobs, but you’ll need a graduate degree to practice social work in the way you’d like.


Master’s (MSW)

You’ll need a master of social work degree to truly practice in this field. Help others help themselves and advocate for positive social change with a MSW.


Doctorate (DSW, PsyD, PhD)

A doctoral degree is the highest graduate degree you can get, and it’s generally required to teach at university, to direct agencies, to be a high-level policy advocate, and more.

Find a School Today

Tell us a little about yourself and we’ll connect you with schools that offer social work degree programs.