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.

Choose the Social Work Profession

If you’re looking for a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance 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.

Educational Paths for Social Workers

To be a social worker, one must have a degree in social work from a college or university program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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.

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:

Credentials & Certification


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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