Why Choose Social Work?

MLK statue and studentsSocial Work is a unique profession rich with meaning, action, and the power to make a difference. Social workers are devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. This heritage, in which social problems are seen as social concerns, gives contemporary social work its unique character among helping professions.

Professional social workers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and ethics necessary to serve individuals, families, organizations and communities. They provide direct services and work to promote social and economic justice.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) reports that employment of social workers is expected to increase by 22 percent during the 2006-2016 decade, a faster rate than the average for all U.S. occupations.

Social workers are found in many places, including public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, police departments, courts, and in private practice. See the Career Exploration pages of the DiNitto Center for examples of social work career paths. Meet some of the alumni of our doctoral program to learn about their careers.

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