What can I do with a social work degree?
Social Work Careers
The most common pathway for a social work major is to sit for an exam to become a licensed social worker (LSW) following graduation. These professionals manage cases for individuals, families, and groups in community, social agency, health care, or government settings.
In particular, the Aultman College bachelor of social work (BSW) program prepares graduates for this type of work in the health care field at hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient community clinics, and mental health and chemical dependency centers.
According to Ron Davis, MSW, LSW, program director, “Our students are well-versed in areas such as medical terminology, disease processes (chronic and terminal), and medicinal as well as therapeutic practices for treatment. They are able to combine their core generalist practice techniques with those skills to influence advocacy, resource allocation, discharge planning, and treatment procedures for a diverse population.”
Another advantage of the Aultman College social work program is that one of the courses can qualify you to sit for an exam to earn your chemical dependency counselor assistant phase I (CDCA-I) certification. These professionals are in high demand in the Akron-Canton region at counseling centers that specialize in chemical dependency. Read more here
What else can I do with a social work degree?
Not sure if you want to work directly with clients? You can also use your skills and knowledge as a social worker to:
- Work at government and non-profit organizations to engage in policy analysis
- Drive reform at the local level by working with community leaders and residents
- Serve in a research role to study the effectiveness of programs and agencies
Ready to begin your career in the social work field?
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