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The Social Work Major

Social work is a profession concerned with promoting the well-being of people and includes assisting individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to achieve life-enhancing goals as they learn to cope with or shape the social and environmental forces affecting daily life. The professional Social Work curriculum equips students with knowledge, values, and skills necessary for generalist practice. Through required field experiences, it provides students with supervised opportunity to muster the requisite competencies in actual practice situations. “Social work is, unfortunately, a growth field,” laments Ronald Feldman, Dean of Columbia University School of Social Work. “It is society’s misfortune that the need is so high but society’s fortune that well-trained professionals will be there to address the needs.”
Learn more about the Social Work program at Carthage

Relevant Coursework

Sociology, Psychology, Urban Problems, Human Development, Social Work Skill and Methods, Field Experience
Course requirements for the Social Work major

Skills

  • Desire to Help Others
  • Sensitivity
  • Knowledge of Second Language (especially Spanish) is Helpful
  • Listening Skills
  • Establish Good Relationships
  • Emotional Maturity
  • Record Keeping
  • Written/Verbal Communication
  • Advising
  • Interviewing
  • Understanding Group Dynamics
  • Recognizing Cultural Differences/similarities

Outlook for Field

Employment of social workers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. The rapidly growing elderly population and the aging baby boom generation will create greater demand for health and social services, resulting in particularly rapid job growth among gerontology social workers. Many job openings also will stem from the need to replace social workers who leave the occupation.  A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for many entry-level jobs, but a master’s degree in social work (MSW)—required for clinical practice—or a related field is becoming the norm for many positions.

Salary

Nationally social work majors with bachelor’s degrees reported starting salaries of $31,034 in 2010. The starting salaries for Child, Family and School Social Workers were $28,860. The median salary for this occupation was $53,130. Top earners for this occupation had annualized salaries of $92,090.

Possible Career Paths

Please note that list includes careers requiring differing degrees of education and training.

  • Group Worker
  • Social Work Educator
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Family Service Worker
  • Community Social Worker
  • Hospital Social Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Public Health Social Worker
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Geriatric Social Worker
  • Counselor
  • Nonprofit Administrator

Employers of Carthage Graduates in this Major

  • GlenKirk – Case Manager
  • Pioneer Counseling – Case Manager
  • Professional Services Group – Social Worker
  • Women & Children’s Horizons – Social Worker
  • Community Impact Programs – Youth Worker

Carthage grads have pursued graduate studies in: Social Work

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