Social Work Career Options

Job Outlook

Employment for social workers is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2018. Job prospects are expected to be favorable, particularly for social workers who specialize in the aging population or work in rural areas.

Employment of social workers is expected to increase by 16 percent during the 2008–18 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The growing elderly population and the aging baby boom generation will create greater demand for health and social services, resulting in rapid job growth among gerontological social workers. Employment of social workers in private social service agencies also will increase.

What Can You Do With a B.A. in Social Work?

Here are just some of the job options for college graduates with a degree in Social Work:

  • Addictions Counselor
  • Family Counselor
  • Adoption Specialist
  • Program Director
  • Advocate
  • Social Activist
  • Agency Administrator
  • Social Worker

Sources of Additional Information

For information about career opportunities in social work and voluntary credentials for social workers, visit:

For a listing of accredited social work programs, visit:

Information on licensing requirements and testing procedures for each State may be obtained from State licensing authorities, or from:

Information compliments of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, and Social Workers.