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What can I do with a major in Social Work?

The social work major focuses on the study of individual behavior within society. This major combines the study of human behavior with skills necessary to effectively work with individuals, families and groups within organizations, communities and larger society. Generalist social work practice is a holistic approach that draws on knowledge, values and skills to engage in a planned change process. It incorporates assessing clients' needs, establishing goals and objectives, and implementation and evaluation of the planned change process. Issues of gender, ethnicity, culture and at-risk populations are at the core of social work study.


• Strengthen communication skills
• Enhance public speaking ability
• Learn about current social problems in the community/world
• Gain experience in legal field
• Obtain internship in social agencies
• Strengthen computer skills
• Join National Association for Social Workers
• Volunteer for charitable organizations

Career Titles

Agency Director
Aging/Gerontology Specialist
Assistant Director of Agency
Case Worker
Child Welfare Worker
Church Worker
Community Organization Director
Community Service Agency Director
Cooperative Extension Worker
Criminal Justice/Corrections Specialist
Deputy Director
Developmental Disabilities Specialist
Drug Rehabilitation Counselor
Eligibility Specialist
Employee Assistance Admin
Employment Social Worker
Executive Director
Family Services Social Worker
Food Stamp Administrator
Geriatric Care Worker
Group Home Director
Health Care Specialist
Health Care Worker
Home Health Aide
Human Services Worker

Intake Counselor
International Social Research Marriage Counselor
Medical Social Worker
Mental Health Worker
Mental Social Worker
Peace Corps/VISTA Volunteer
Police Officer
Policy & Planning Specialist
Policy Advocate
Policy Analyst
Probation Officer
Program Manager
Psychiatric Social Worker
Research Analyst
Residential Counselor
School Counselor
School Psychologist
School Social Worker
Services Specialist
Social Service Aide
Social Worker
Substance Abuse Counselor
Survey Worker
Vocational Rehab Counselor

Professional Organizations

Council on Social Work Education
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457

National Association of Social Workers
750 First Street, NE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20002-4241

The National Network for Social Work Managers
c/o Special Service for Groups
605 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA  90015

Web sites

Action Without Borders: Non Profit Careers
Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA)
Careers in Social Work: Hispanic Careers Site
Official site for Department of Justice
Federal Jobs Database
Good Works: Social Change Careers
National Association of Social Workers
Social Services Jobs
Social Workers Occupation Guide
The New Social Worker Magazine
Social Work Licensure in Pennsylvania - Human Services Edu

Contact Information


Career Development Office:
400 St. Bernadine St.
Bernardine Hall, Suite 103
Reading, PA  19607
Phone: 610-790-2878

Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Evening hours by appointment.

Email: career.development@alvernia.edu

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