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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Social Work



The field of social work aims to improve the quality of life for people experiencing a broad range of problems due to societal and economic factors, such as poverty, homelessness, family issues, substance abuse, and caring for aged relatives. Social work functions include providing services directly to clients such as therapy, as well as administrative responsibilities such as organizing and evaluating services, managing programs, and developing social policy.

Many social workers work within child welfare and family service agencies and in settings providing mental health, medical, educational, correctional, and gerontological services. These agencies may be in the public sector or under private auspices (for-profit or not-for-profit). Other social workers are self-employed. With a master's degree you may become licensed by the state to accept third party payments. Every state has some form of certification or licensure for social workers.

A bachelor's degree is usually required for entry level positions, although majors in psychology, sociology, and related fields are sometimes considered for these jobs. A Master's in Social Work (MSW) is generally required for positions involving clinical services. Supervisory and administrative positions often require an MSW as well. College teaching and research positions often require a doctoral degree in social work (DSW) or Ph.D.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Career Counselor Hospital Administrator Public Administrator
Child Welfare Worker Human Resource Administrator Rehabilitation Counselor
Community Affairs Specialist Marriage Counselor Residence Counselor
Community Service Agency Director Mental Health Worker School Social Worker
Family Therapist Nonprofit Administrator Social Worker
Gerontologist Nursing Home Administrator Sociologist
Government Agency Admin Probation/Parole Officer Substance Abuse Counselor
Guidance Counselor Psychologist Youth Counselor

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Adoption and Child Care Agencies Home health agencies Rehabilitation clinics
Agencies Serving the Homeless Hospitals Religious organizations
Child Welfare Agencies Mental health institutions School Systems
Community Centers Nursing homes Social Service Agencies
Correctional institutions Outpatient Care Centers Substance Abuse Clinics
Employee Assistance Programs Private Practice Offices Youth Organizations
Family Service Agencies Protective Services for Women & Children .


Government Agencies
Alcohol, Drug Abuse & Mental Health Admin. County Probation Office Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Board of Education - Child Study Teams Crime Victim Assistance Programs Police Departments - Local & State
Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Mental Health Public Welfare Agencies
Bureau of Prisons Division of Youth & Family Services Veteran's Administration

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
Drug Enforcement Administration Intern

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Social Work
Organization Job Title
AA Case Manager

Apostles' House Case Manager

West American Insurance Co. Claims Specialist

Marns City Mental Health Association Educational Program Coordinator

St. Francis Hospital Mental Health Specialist

UMDNJ Mental Health Specialist

St. Peter's Medical Center Outreach Coordinator

Alive with R.A.P.S. (youthful offender program) Service Coordinator


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Social Work
Pace University (MA, Psychology) Career Counselor

Private Practice (MSW, LCSW) Clinical Social Worker

NJ Dept. of Human Services (MSW) Coordinator of Youth Services

Clinical Social Work, AM Counseling Services (MSW) Director

Housing Coalition of Central NJ (MSW) Director

Mental Health Services, The Benjamin Rush Center (MSW) Director

Somerset Treatment Services (MSW) Intake Supervisor

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (MSW) Policy Analyst

US Department of Justice, NIJ (MSW, MA Public Health) Social Science Analyst

Newark Board of Education (MSW) School Social Worker

South River Public Schools (MSW) School Social Worker

Private Practice (MSW) Social Work Consultant

Private Practice (A.C.S.W.) Social Worker

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Columbia University MSW Social Work

Long Island University M.Ed. Education

New York University MSW Social Work

New York University MA Psychology

New York University PhD Psychology

University of Maryland MSW Social Work

University of Michigan MSW Social Work

University of Pennsylvania MSW Social Work

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