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Related Skills

  • ability to manage pressure well
  • good conflict resolution skills
  • good listener and motivator
  • posses the understanding of human behavior
  • ability to lead and be a team member
  • organizational skills
  • strong communication skills
  • creativity
  • empathy for others
  • appreciation for diversity
  • interest in social change

Being Successful in the Field

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares individuals for entry-level direct practice.
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) is necessary to provide therapy and for advancement to supervisory or administrative positions.
  • Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) or Ph.D. is usually required for positions in teaching, research, and administration. Desirable for some clinical positions and private practice.
  • Complete a degree from a college or university program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Programs include practical field experience.
  • Most states require licensure, certification, or registration.
  • The field practicum is used to determine suitability for this profession and to provide exposure to various practice settings and clients.

Related Fields

  • Mental health facilities and outpatient clinics
  • Community mental health centers
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Adoption programs
  • Substance use disorder treatment programs
  • Government agencies (federal, state, and local)
  • HIV/AIDS clinics and outreach programs
  • Youth services
  • Early intervention programs
  • Head Start programs
  • Intimate partner violence services
  • Senior services
  • Community-based programs
  • Advocacy agencies
  • Legal services
  • Homeless services
  • Relief services
  • Community organizing efforts
  • Services to individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Child Protective Services
  • Correctional facilities
  • Public health services
  • Public assistance agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Political office
  • Military support services
  • International organizations
  • Union organizing
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Hospice services
  • Research
  • Private practice

Career Industry Liaison

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Ruffin  223 Bone Student Center  (309) 438-2200 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Ingrid Brown  302B Rachel Cooper  (309) 438-3733