What can I do with this degree?

Note: A large amount of this information was adapted from Choices: Careers in Social Work by the National Association of Social Workers and was originally prepared by the Career Planning Staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (1998) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA Employer.

Social Work Employment Opportunities

  1. Administration/Management: Plans, organizes and oversees programs to ensure at-risk or vulnerable individuals and groups receive the best possible care.
  2. Foster Care Case Manager: Works with the state and the courts to place neglected, abused, or abandoned children into temporary foster homes.
  3. Community Organization: Encourages and unites communities to advocate for systemic and political change and the safeguarding of human rights.
  4. Senior Adult Advocacy: Assists senior citizens in a wide range of services such as applying for government benefits, reviewing medical bills and insurance claims, and providing support after a hospital stay.
  5. Child Welfare Case Manager: Works with families of children in need to solve problems and maintain stable lifestyles to ensure healthy and happy living environments for the children.
  6. Crisis Intervention Clinician: Provides support and guidance to individuals who are in imminent danger of harming themselves or others.
  7. Forensic Social Worker: Uses knowledge of social work and the legal justice system to provide research and testimony in civil and criminal court cases.
  8. Children/Youth Court Advocate: Focuses on the best interests of the child in need by working to give him/her a stable network of support. Provide objective information and recommendations in court.
  9. Domestic Violence Interventionist: Responds to domestic abuse cases and offers assistance to the victims by developing safety plans, finding shelter, and assessing resources to escape the violence.
  10. Drug and Alcohol Abuse Social Worker: Assesses, diagnoses and treats individuals struggling with substance abuse and addiction problems.
  11. Mental Health/Clinical: Provides support and behavioral intervention to those suffering from mental disorders.
  12. Community Health Clinician: Discusses health concerns with the public. Identifies and collects data on health-related issues in the community and reports his/her findings to create programs that serve the community effectively.
  13. Private Practice Therapist: Provides mental health services to clients, conducts research, and makes policy recommendations.
  14. HIV/Aids Counselor: Offers advice and medical information on the prevention of HIV. Advises clients and families affected by the disease.
  15. Homeless Outreach: Coordinates needed services for homeless individuals and families to provide psychosocial and residential stability.
  16. LGBTQIAPP Advocate: Promotes policies and programs that support and value the LGBTQIAPP+ community.
  17. International Social Work: Assists individuals and communities across the globe by working with international organizations to effectively intervene, improve, and solve local problems and life difficulties they may experience. (Ex: child protection, poverty, gender equality)
  18. Mother/Child Wellness Outreach Worker: Provides public health services to women and children to reduce detrimental factors and improve conditions so that they can live healthy and productive lifestyles.
  19. Medical Social Work: Offers the support and resources necessary for individuals, groups, and families to manage chronic, acute, and terminal illnesses and injuries. Provide social services for patients dealing with health problems,
  20. School Social Work: Works with students, parents, and school districts to address the needs of students in an educational setting. Helps children and adolescents overcome obstacles that could hinder their social and academic success.
  21. Social Work Policy and Planning: Identifies and determines key issues to coordinate services and help populations in need.
  22. Substance Use/Abuse Treatment Clinician: Evaluates and creates treatment plans to help patients with substance abuse issues remain sober. Provides counseling and referrals to help them cope with stressors.
  23. Trauma Interventionist: Responds to victims of traumatic situations and administers social, emotional, medical, and psychological assistance.
  24. Crisis Responder: Assesses situations with individuals in mental health crisis by providing psychological first aid.
  25. Hospital Psychological Evaluator: Assesses patients to determine the cause of psychological symptoms and disorders. Diagnoses and determines the proper form of treatment.
  26. Social Science Researcher: Conducts research on social issues and reports findings to change or test the effectiveness of social policies.
  27. Veterans Affairs Clinician: Provides healthcare services to veterans.
  28. Social Justice Advocate: Aids underrepresented and marginalized communities. Promotes the development and advancement of diversity, multiculturalism, and social identity programs and policies.
  29. Immigrant/Refugee Resettlement Advocate: Addresses laws, policies, and practices that are inhumane and unfair toward immigrants and refugees. Supports the safe rebuilding and stabilization of immigrants’ and refugees’ lives.
  30. Integrated Arts Therapist: Uses art to help patients address and work through emotional issues by letting them express themselves creatively.