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11 11, 2018

Helping Children Living in Poverty

2018-09-27T18:21:26+00:00By |Careers|

With millions of children in America living below the poverty line, the job of social workers is vital to helping them achieve a better future. The latest findings on income and poverty in America paint a grim picture: 43.1 million people (13.5 percent of the population) are living in poverty, including 14.5 million (19.7 percent) children under the age [...]

29 10, 2018

Career Spotlight: Forensic Social Worker

2018-10-17T16:41:43+00:00By |Careers|

Social work is a field dedicated to social justice, therefore, work within the justice system in the United States is a natural calling for many social workers. Individuals and families involved with the criminal or civil justice system are often in need of intermediaries who can advocate on their behalf and support them in navigating [...]

15 10, 2018

Alternative Jobs for Social Workers

2018-10-17T17:08:26+00:00By |Careers|

One of the greatest advantages of a social work degree is the flexibility in job options available to graduates. Social work skills can be applied to a number of professional positions, allowing social workers to explore a diverse range of job opportunities, and have the flexibility to choose to try something new. Many candidates are [...]

12 10, 2018

Substance Abuser to Social Worker: My Journey to Find Me

2018-10-17T13:34:38+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

On August 4th 2003, four months after my daughter was born, I was arrested for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell. This was the end of a period of time in my life when I had struggled severely with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and the negative consequences of the street lifestyle that I [...]

2 10, 2018

The Critical Role of Hospice Social Workers

2018-09-22T01:13:01+00:00By |Careers|

Hospice social workers are a critical part of the interdisciplinary teams that look after people in hospice care. They represent the individual’s and family’s wishes and help enhance their quality of life during this difficult time. Hospice is a form of palliative care focusing on the support and physical comfort at the end of life. In the [...]

1 10, 2018

Surviving the Social Work Licensure Exam

2018-10-12T17:08:50+00:00By |Careers, Education|

Surviving the Licensure Exam If you are anything like me you hate taking standardized tests. And I mean LOATHE taking them. The good news is, you are not alone. Almost every social worker I’ve talked to (and I’ve talked to many), feels the same way. Think about it: when you take a standardized test, the [...]

24 09, 2018

A Day in the Life of a Social Worker

2018-10-17T20:10:09+00:00By |Careers|

The specific roles and responsibilities of a social worker vary according to which field they work in and their specific role. However they broadly involve helping people in need by working with social services organizations and communities, as well as advocating for the needs and best interests of their clients. Social workers and social services workers wear [...]

17 09, 2018

Your Guide to Becoming a Social Worker

2018-09-17T11:21:45+00:00By |Careers|

Interested in becoming a social worker? If you care about the welfare of people and want to play a role in the betterment of society, it can be an ideal first career. The basic educational requirement for becoming a social worker is a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or a related discipline. Fieldwork experience is also highly valued by employers, [...]

31 08, 2018

Great-paying Jobs in Social Work: They Do Exist

2018-09-21T18:15:37+00:00By |Careers|

Many social workers enter the field based on their deep-seated passion for helping others. With an advanced social work degree and the drive to provide care for those who need it, pursuing a career as a social worker can be as rewarding financially as it is rich in purpose. RELATED:  3 Highest Paid Social Work Industries (By State & [...]

30 08, 2018

7 Career Paths for Social Work Professionals

2018-09-21T18:18:42+00:00By |Careers|

Becoming a social worker means a career dedicated to helping others, but that help can come in many forms and in a wide range of areas. Social workers can help individual children and adults, whole cities or even the entire nation in a variety of ways. The good news is that the career outlook for social workers is growing rapidly, according [...]

28 08, 2018

Career Insights from 3 Leaders Who Are Changing Social Work

2018-08-22T14:19:04+00:00By |Careers|

A successful career in social work and advocacy can take many different directions – through politics, the nonprofit world and even clinical settings – all of which have unique requirements and roles. One thing remains true for all successful social workers though: a dedication to their cause. Below we highlight three influential agents of change who describe [...]

21 08, 2018

Certificate Programs for MSW Students

2018-08-21T18:10:54+00:00By |Careers|

What is a Graduate Certificate Program? While researching Master of Social Work programs, you're likely to come across several certificate programs that schools of social work offer to complement or expand upon one's course of study. Certificate programs consist of a series of courses that provide in-depth study of a specific topic or area. Certificate programs [...]

13 08, 2018

Educate Yourself: Exploring a Career in Advanced Clinical Social Work

2018-10-12T17:13:33+00:00By |Careers|

A career in social work offers many different opportunities, from helping society's most vulnerable to working with large, multinational corporations. One career pathway, which made the top 100 jobs in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report, is clinical social work. Where Do Clinical Social Workers Work? Clinical social workers typically work in: private practice hospitals [...]

30 07, 2018

The Benefits of Social Work: Why You Should Invest in an MSW

2018-06-11T17:25:27+00:00By |Careers|

A career in social work offers an array of emotional and intellectual benefits, and a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) is your ticket to a long and rewarding professional journey. If you’re searching for a meaningful, in-demand career that offers variety and the opportunity to make a real difference, social work may be a perfect fit. There’s no doubt social work is emotionally [...]

25 07, 2018

Social Work at the Micro Level

2018-06-11T17:23:11+00:00By |Careers|

The majority of social workers today work at what is known as the “micro” level. This involves working directly with individuals across areas including child social work, elder social work, clinical social work and psychiatric social work. When most people think of social work they think of those professionals that help individuals, such as school counselors, mental health workers or behavioral [...]

17 07, 2018

Industry Spotlight: Social Work at the Macro Level

2018-09-21T18:16:59+00:00By |Careers|

While micro- and mezzo-level social work focus on individuals and families as well as small groups and organizations, respectively, macro-level social work takes a broader perspective. Macro-level social workers and social service workers fight for change at the societal level, focusing on issues of social justice, policy development (and improvement), administration and research. Macro-level social work operates [...]

12 07, 2018

The Role of a Social Worker Today

2018-02-22T22:42:11+00:00By |Careers|

The role of social workers is dynamic and constantly evolving. International perspectives on social work highlight the critical, wide-ranging responsibilities of the profession worldwide. Social workers engage in far-reaching work. They are employed across areas as diverse as casework, counseling, education, research, policy development, community engagement, and advocacy, creating change from micro to macro levels. The principles [...]

27 06, 2018

Social Work Salary 101: What You Can Expect

2018-07-05T20:26:53+00:00By |Careers|

Social work is a highly skilled profession that requires a good understanding of the humanities and social sciences, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills. A social work salary should reflect this but, like any other profession, it can vary widely depending on experience, seniority, field of practice, education level and location. Here's a quick guide [...]

22 05, 2018

Top Paying Social Work Jobs

2018-02-22T23:12:23+00:00By |Careers|

While social workers go into the field for love — not money — there are several high-paying jobs within the industry. An advanced degree can help graduates obtain them. There are many reasons people choose to pursue a social work career. Chief among them are the desire to help vulnerable individuals and communities, the wish to better society [...]

11 04, 2018

The Global Social Worker: What You Need to Know When Working Abroad

2018-05-31T15:51:01+00:00By |Careers|

What global policies and developments are shaping the social worker environment and how will these changes affect the way you help your clients? Global Shifts and Trends in Social Work There is a long tradition of social workers traveling overseas to apply their skills and acquire new ones in other countries and cultures. Global access has created [...]

10 04, 2018

How Technology Is Transforming Social Work Education

2018-02-22T23:39:13+00:00By |Careers|

What technological changes are shaping the way social work education is delivered to America’s next generation of social workers? Find out here. Just like other industries, social work is being shaped by the increasing adoption of new technologies. This is also true of social work education, where digital technology is changing how the next generation of social workers [...]

28 03, 2018

How Do You Become a Diversity Trainer?

2018-05-31T15:54:50+00:00By |Careers|

A growing demand for diversity trainers is giving U.S. social workers an exciting career opportunity. An important aspect of being a social worker is the ability to demonstrate social and cultural sensitivity toward clients. With the U.S. undergoing significant demographic and cultural change, diversity concern is no longer limited to race and gender. It also involves the social welfare and [...]

13 03, 2018

Title IV-E Stipend Could Help Pay For Your MSW

2018-03-13T21:37:50+00:00By |Careers, Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

For prospective social work students with an interest in working in the field of child welfare and child protection, the Title IV-E stipend program is able to provide financial and educational support through participating universities in the United States. What is the Title IV-E Stipend Program? In the late 1970’s, government officials and child welfare [...]

7 03, 2018

How an MSW Can Improve Your Conflict Resolution Skills

2018-02-22T23:43:37+00:00By |Careers|

Conflict resolution is an essential part of social work practice today, but one that can frequently be mishandled. Social workers must learn to use conflict resolution to help their clients and resolve issues constructively. Undergoing a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) can help social workers develop these critical skills. Conflict resolution is an inherent part [...]

31 01, 2018

What is a Social Worker?

2017-12-17T21:07:53+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

Many people would answer that question by saying that a social worker is someone who helps others, shows compassion and empathy, and supports those in need. This is all true, but a social worker brings so much more to the table. Trained social workers use the knowledge and field experience they’ve gained in their studies [...]

23 01, 2018

Police Social Work in the News

2018-07-05T19:47:30+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

Recently, police social workers have gotten increased attention in the news thanks to a bill introduced in New York City Council in December, 2017. The legislation, sponsored by Democratic Councilmember Mark Treyger, requires every police precinct in the city of New York to have a licensed clinical social worker on duty 24 hours a day. [...]

22 01, 2018

Social Work Jobs in the Criminal Justice Sector

2017-12-17T20:48:31+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

There are many routes you can take within a career in social work. Jobs in child welfare, geriatrics, criminal justice, addictive behaviors, and more. You may work within many of these fields throughout your career until you find your passion. Here are a few potential roles in the criminal justice and corrections sector: Corrections Counselor Corrections [...]

17 01, 2018

Jobs in the Child Welfare Sector

2018-08-22T01:45:26+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

There are many routes you can take within a career in social work. Jobs in child welfare, geriatrics, criminal justice, addictive behaviors, and more. You may work within many of these fields throughout your career until you find your passion. Here are a few potential roles in the child welfare sector: Family Support Worker Family support [...]

12 01, 2018

8 Benefits of Getting Your Master’s in Social Work Degree

2018-07-05T18:58:29+00:00By |Careers, Education|

You can work and remain gainfully employed as a social worker with a bachelor's degree. However, if you wish to really further your career and work in a clinical setting, then a masters in social work (MSW) degree is essential. Through a master's degree, you can specialize in a particular area and even advance to [...]

8 01, 2018

Job Roles in the Geriatric Sector

2017-12-17T19:08:37+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

There are many routes you can take within a career in social work. Jobs in geriatrics, child welfare, criminal justice, addictive behaviors, and more. You may work within many of these fields throughout your career until you find your passion. Here are a few potential roles: Geriatric Social Worker Gerontological social workers assist elderly clients [...]

25 12, 2017

How to Become a Social Worker

2018-01-13T16:54:10+00:00By |Careers, Education|

How to Become a Social Worker Noted American pacifist and social worker Jane Addams once was famously quoted saying, “the good we secure ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” Like Jane Addams, social workers are inherently caring individuals who care about the [...]

18 12, 2017

Social Worker Salary: Top Paying Jobs and States

2018-07-05T20:00:32+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

Determining Your  Social Worker Salary Armed with a passion to serve and advocate on behalf of others, coupled with the pressures of earning a decent living, finding a sustainable wage in your dream geographic location is your number one priority. Although the national average pay for an MSW is $46,968, the pay varies significantly across [...]

6 11, 2017

Career Spotlight: Refugee Resettlement

2017-11-03T19:27:28+00:00By |Careers|

Recent refugee crises are garnering national media attention as many unaccompanied migrants are applying for refugee/asylee status. There is a need for social workers competent in this area to address the needs of refugees coming to make a new home in the United States. Read the three main responsibilities that fall into the professional areas of [...]

13 07, 2017

Career Spotlight: Working In Government Health and Human Services as a Social Worker

2017-03-31T01:29:12+00:00By |Careers|

While social workers may choose to work in the non-profit or private sector, there are many opportunities for social workers to be fruitfully employed in the public sector as well. Government Health and Human Services jobs are often negatively portrayed as bureaucratic and ineffective, the impersonal nature of which is at odds with the social [...]

6 07, 2017

Find Out Which In-Demand Career Paths Are Available for Social Workers

2017-03-31T01:10:31+00:00By |Careers|

A Master of Social Work degree provides the opportunity for graduates to gain extensive training in grant writing and proposal development, honing this valuable skill for a potential future career as a development professional. In the competitive funding landscape of the social service sector, there is a growing demand for skilled grant writers at non-profit organizations, [...]

29 06, 2017

Career Spotlight: Community Organizer. How Social Workers Can Make an Impact

2017-03-31T01:01:57+00:00By |Advocacy, Careers|

What is a Community Organizer? Organizing people has long been a part of the U.S. politics. The community organizer encourages people to take collective action. From suffragettes demanding votes for women to the countless strategic collective actions taken as a part of the civil rights movement, to the recent protests against the “Muslim ban” at international [...]

7 06, 2017

What Career Options Do I Have As A Social Worker?

2017-12-06T16:52:44+00:00By |Careers|

Careers in Social Work: Dual-Degree Options for Social Work Students Those interested in pursuing a social work education will likely become aware of a variety of dual-degree options offered by many universities and colleges, combining social work training with studies in another discipline. These programs allow students to earn two advanced degrees simultaneously, one of [...]

22 03, 2017

Social Work Specializations and How to Pick The Right One for You

2017-12-07T20:11:43+00:00By |Careers|

Social work is one of the most diverse and expansive professions of today. Social workers have roles in almost every major industry and setting, from hospitals to military bases, legal agencies to rehabilitation centers, schools to private psychotherapy practice, and much more. With such a pervasive and far-reaching profession, and limits on the time and [...]

20 03, 2017

Types of Jobs You Can Get with an MSW

2017-12-07T21:31:55+00:00By |Careers|

As you read the list below of possible jobs you can get with an MSW, start thinking about your personal preferences. Many students know they have a passion to help people, a passion to make a difference. Determining where they should direct their energy and skillset once earning an MSW can be harder to narrow [...]

7 03, 2017

School Social Work or Counseling: What’s the Difference?

2018-05-31T16:10:12+00:00By |Bullying, Careers|

When looking at the many options of social work careers in therapy and counseling services, it is easy to get confused with the roles of a school social worker and a school counselor. There is some overlap in these two professions, but there are also distinct differences as well. Understanding how each one affects the [...]

1 03, 2017

How Social Workers Become Expert Witnesses

2018-05-31T16:18:12+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

Social workers are increasingly required to appear in court as key expert witnesses. What does this involve and how do social workers become "court ready"? In recent years, social workers have become increasingly valued as expert witnesses across a wide range of areas including domestic violence, child welfare, parental rights, sexual assault, guardianship, mental and [...]

22 02, 2017

Community Social Worker: Is it the Right Career for You?

2017-02-22T19:28:29+00:00By |Careers|

If your passion is to help whole communities or raise the profile of hard-working not-for-profits, a career in community support and outreach could be the right career path for you.  Are you a big picture thinker — the kind of person who understands the impact that not-for-profits and government organizations can have on those in [...]

11 02, 2017

Funding for MSW Students While in School – Part II: Get Paid for Your Research

2018-01-05T20:02:44+00:00By |Careers, Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

Get Paid for Your Social Work Research As part of a social work graduate degree, students are expected to conduct research at various points during their studies. For those students who are interested in research, there is an opportunity to receive funding for student research being conducted. There are a few different sources of research [...]

26 01, 2017

What’s the Difference Between Being a Counselor and Having a Master’s of Social Work?

2018-05-31T16:22:37+00:00By |Careers|

From career progression to day-to-day duties and responsibilities, there are more differences between social work and counseling than you might expect. Find out for yourself and consider where your career path should go. At first glance, social work and counseling may seem like very similar social work careers. After all, both social workers and counselors care for [...]

19 01, 2017

Find Out Why You Should Apply for a Social Work Internship

2017-12-07T20:32:16+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

Why Social Work Internships Are Necessary Before you are ready to start your career in social work, you must first have experience applying what you learn in the classroom to a real-life environment. Most social work degree paths require that students undergo a period of social work field placement via social work internships, which represent opportunities [...]

18 01, 2017

How to Become an Oncology Social Worker

2017-03-17T16:49:47+00:00By |Careers|

Oncology Social Work: What You Need to Know Imagine sitting in a doctor’s office and receiving the devastating news that you have cancer. Your doctor will guide you through the medical treatment, but what about everything else you’re worried about or need to sort out? Who will help with decision-making? Who in your family should [...]

13 01, 2017

The Role of Social Workers in Crisis Intervention

2018-05-11T19:49:33+00:00By |Careers|

Social workers often help individuals struggling to cope with major trauma. What skills and qualities are needed to work in crisis intervention? What is a Crisis Intervention Social Worker? A Crisis Intervention Social Worker's main focus is to provide support and guidance to clients in a state of acute mental health crisis. These states are [...]

2 12, 2016

What Types of Jobs Can You Get with an MSW?

2017-08-13T16:23:30+00:00By |Bullying, Careers|

Before embarking on the journey of graduate level social work education, many potential candidates wonder what they can expect from a social work career. While nearly everyone is familiar with the term “social worker,” this position title can be applied to a wide range of MSW jobs for the graduate, and there are many other [...]

30 11, 2016

You Know You’re A Social Worker When…

2016-11-30T20:54:02+00:00By |Careers|

Top 20 Signs You Know You're a Social Worker See more articles from MSWcareers.com >> You think $30,000 (or if you're lucky, $40,000) a year is A LOT. You often work two or more jobs to make ends meet. You can turn anything negative that a client says into a positive. You laugh at somethings [...]

8 11, 2016

5 Big Changes in Social Work Delivery

2016-11-08T19:45:31+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

Discover five shifts that are transforming social work delivery in the way social workers practice and communicate in today's fast changing environment. Shifts in Social Work Delivery... and What You Need To Know The career outlook for social workers is good, with the promise of many new opportunities driven by changes in how not-for-profits and government agencies [...]