Why Choose Social Work?
Social work is a fulfilling, diverse, and flexible career. It is also one of the country's fastest growing professions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with job openings expected to increase by 25 percent between 2010 and 2020.
Social workers help people solve problems. They guide and empower their clients to help themselves, and their work makes a difference in people's lives.
What is Social Work?
Benay Lindenauer, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Retired Director of Career Development
Few occupations can match the variety of opportunities available to social workers. They have a choice of issues to work on, including:
- family relationships
- and substance abuse, among many others.
Social workers also work in many kinds of facilities, such as:
- public agencies
- private businesses
- military facilities
- nursing homes
- and rehabilitation clinics.
Some social workers provide direct therapy, some do research on social issues, and others serve as administrators of social services. They help individuals, families, or communities, and they work with children, adults, or the elderly.
Why choose social work? Because it is a rewarding, growing career with many paths to explore your interests and a wealth of opportunities to help someone change their life for the better.
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