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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 2014-2024 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. These employment opportunities include substance use and behavioral disorder counselors, mental health social workers, and marriage and family therapists. Employment growth will also 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.