Careers in Social Work

Nearly half of American social workers are employed as child, family or school social workers. Many others work in medical, mental and public health fields, including substance abuse treatment.

NWU Social Work graduates regularly thrive in a variety of related fields, including:

  • child welfare
  • aging services
  • hospice and palliative care services
  • nursing home care
  • health care/hospital social work
  • public health
  • community advocacy
  • family services
  • domestic violence services
  • homelessness services
  • criminal justice
  • education
  • legal services
  • substance abuse services
  • mental health social work
  • prevention programs
  • school social work

Clinical social workers must be licensed and have a master’s degree. Licensure requirements for social workers vary by state. Students who graduate from NWU’s accredited social work bachelor’s program may apply for advanced standing status at the graduate level. This status offers the opportunity to earn a Master of Social Work in one calendar year.

A Bachelor of Science in social work is also excellent preparation for law school.