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Defining Your Future

What do social workers do?

Social workers are rigorously trained professionals who are involved daily with assessing, interviewing, problem solving, advocating for others, and helping to improve the quality of life for those in need. They teach, counsel, work with community organizations, manage nonprofit programs and publish scholarly literature. They are researchers, educators, therapists, directors, supervisors and leaders in the community. 

Excellent employment outlook

According to 2010-2020 employment projections published by the U.S Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for social workers is projected to grow much faster than average. In fact, several master's degree-level occupations are among the top 30 fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. They include substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, mental health and substance abuse social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

And in its 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Bureau projects that healthcare and social assistance occupations -- including public and private hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and individual and family services -- will grow by about 33 percent and add 5.7 million new jobs. Employment growth in these areas will be driven by increasing demand for healthcare and social assistance because of an aging population and longer life expectancies, as well as new treatments and technologies.