Why Choose Social Work?

Social work is a unique profession rich with meaning, action, and the power to make a difference. Social workers pull communities together, help individuals and families find solutions, advance changes in social policy, promote social justice, and foster human and global well-being.

Social workers are found in many places, including public agencies, nonprofits, 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.

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.

If you are considering graduate school for the first time, we have a handy guide: Is Graduate School Right For You?