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Explore Social Work

Social work is an excellent career choice for those who care about human dignity and social justice. The field is just as diverse as the individuals, families, and communities we serve. Learn about the many career options in the field, how to get started on a social work career path, internships, licensing, and more.


Why Choose the Social Work Profession?

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If you’re looking for a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and a variety of options, consider social work. Social workers are people who care about people, who want to make things better, who want to relieve suffering, who want their work to make a difference.


Types of Social Work Degrees

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To be a social worker, you need to hold a degree in social work from a college or university program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Find out what kind of work you can do with the different degree types.


Specialty Occupational Profiles

Learn about the practice areas in which social workers specialize. These occupational profiles provide an overview of the benefits, challenges, and salaries of social work specialty positions.


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State Licensing


A state social work license is issued to regulate the practice of social work and to protect the public. It is issued by and useful only in the jurisdiction where the holder plans to practice.

Licensing requirements vary from jurisdiction. Check with your state board and the Association of Social Work Boards:

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Credentials & Certifications


Credentials and certification enhance your state license. NASW credentials and certifications provide recognition to those social workers who have met national standards for higher levels of specialized knowledge, skills, and experience.

Learn about Credentials & Certification



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