Why Social Work?

If you want a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance of options, social work is for you! Social workers are skilled professionals who work empower individuals, relieve suffering, and affect social change. They are generalists and specialists who work in wide variety of setting but apply common core values, principles and techniques.

Social work is set apart from other helping professions by its “person-in-environment” orientation. Social workers view clients within an environmental system that includes their personal and significant relationships, economic and social conditions, and physical and mental health issues. Social workers help people identify and manage the interrelated factors that have created or contributed to the problems they face, and select interventions that might provide relief or resolution.

Social workers are also advocates for social change. They serve as facilitators, coalition builders, and activists in organizations; communities; and local, state, and federal governments to help meet the basic needs of federal governments to help meet the basic needs of all people and strengthen those who are vulnerable, oppressed, or living in poverty.

Social work is an excellent career choice for those who care about human dignity and social justice—and it may be just what you’re looking for.

From National Association of Social Workers (NASW). For more information about the social work profession visit, www.HelpStartsHere.org

Just Some of the Jobs Waiting for You

Social Work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives.  It is one of today’s most versatile professions, providing exciting employment opportunities. With an MSW degree you will learn how to:

  • Work with caregivers of persons with physical, mental, and emotional challenges.
  • Develop community programs to encourage healthy development of children, teenagers, and adults.
  • Develop support programs for victims of neglect or abuse.
  • Design community and social policies that help families out of poverty.
  • Organize shelters and ongoing services for the homeless.
  • Provide counseling for individuals.
  • Work with national and international foster care and adoption.
  • Build communities that support elderly adults and single parents.

Social Work Code of Ethics

According to the NASW Code of Ethics, social work core values are defined as:

  • Service: Social work’s primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems.
  • Social Justice: Social workers challenge social injustice.
  • Dignity and Worth of the Person: Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.
  • Importance of Human Relationships: Social workers recognize the central importance of human relationships.
  • Integrety: Social workers behave in a trustworthy manner.
  • Competence: Social workers practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise.

The full NASW Code of Ethics can be found on the NASW website, www.socialworkers.org.

Below is a video entitled On any given day, Social Workers help, which is produced by the National Association of Social Workers. Please click here to view it. 

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Last update on September 29, 2011