Careers in Social Work

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Looking for an entry level job or internship in social work? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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Lance Armstrong founded Livestrong after his fight with multiple bouts of cancer. I’m sure you remember those yellow wristbands sporting his message that quickly hit the scene a few years ago. There were many factors that contributed to Lance overcoming his cancer, as well as others around the country who have done the same. One of those was probably a social worker that specialized in health and well-being who supported those individuals during their time of need. A social worker lends a hand to those in need by providing a wide range of services to individuals, families, small groups, communities, and organizations to improve those people’s quality of life.

Social Work Careers

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Social Work Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Social Worker Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Social Worker
  3. Salary and Career Progression for a Social Worker
  4. Best Locations for Social Workers
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Social Worker
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Social Work
  7. Social Work Resources
  8. Careers Related to Social Work
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Social Work

What a Social Worker Does

A social worker provides a wide range of services to individuals, families, small groups, communities, and organizations to improve those people’s quality of life and well-being. They do this by intervening through research, policy, community organizing, direct practice, and teaching on behalf of those afflicted with poverty or any real or perceived social injustices and violations of their human rights. The main tasks of professional social workers can include a number of services such as case management (linking service users with agencies and programs that will meet their psychosocial needs), counseling & psychotherapy, human services management, social welfare policy analysis, policy and practice development, community organizing, international, social and community development, advocacy, teaching, and social and political research.

A Typical Day for a Social Worker

The typical day for a social worker is determined by what field they enter, but here are a few tasks you might encounter:

Salary and Career Progression for Social Workers

Salary for social workers is based on education, geographic location and experience and typically ranges between $23,000 and $53,000 per year. You might go on to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker ($34,000-$75,000), or a Child, Family or School Social Worker ($23,000-$55,000).

Best Locations for Social Workers

Here are some of the best locations for social workers.

Pros and Cons of Being a Social Worker

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What You Need to Know for a Career in Social Work

To be a social worker you’ll first need a Bachelor’s degree in social work. Beyond that, you can also get postgraduate degrees in Social Work like a Master’s or PhD. More and more graduates of social work are continuing to post-graduate studies because it has been argued that social work education is supposed to be a lifelong process. In addition, to professionally practice social work you’ll need to obtain a license or be professionally registered. This has become mandatory in most states in an effort to minimize abuse of social workers’ professional positions and to ensure proper counseling is given by qualified practitioners.

Social Work Resources

If social work still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

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Blogs and Websites

Networking Opportunities

Careers Related to Social Work


Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Social Work

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Boys Town - Boys Town is an Omaha, NE based non-profit giving “at-risk children the family, support and care they need to overcome their circumstances and realize their potential.”

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Stylist/BarberNaples, FL
Hair StylistMaple Valley, WA
Child Care AssistantCalifornia, MD
PART TIME NANNY THIS SUMMER FOR THREE BOYSMinneapolis, MN
HR InternOmaha, NE
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Health Leads - Health Leads is a Boston, MA based non-profit that prescribes critical resources like food, housing, health insurance, and more to low-income patients.

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Self Advocacy Association of New York State - Self Advocacy Association of New York State is a Schenectady, NY based non-profit grassroots organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities.

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Child Mind Institute - Child Mind Institute is building an "institution that will be a leader in turning science into solutions for the world’s children” and hiring new grads to help

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The Partnership at Drugfree.org

The Partnership at Drugfree.org - If drugfree has a special meaning to you, then you should consider Careers at The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

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Development CoordinatorNew York, NY
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Center for Court Innovation - If Center for Court Innovation gets your ears perked up, then you should check out their Jobs page.

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Police Officer - EntryNampa, ID
Store Operations AssociateNew Castle, DE
InternIslandia, NY
InternIslandia, NY
Retail Store AssociateFoley, AL
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Housing Works Logo

Housing Works - Housing Works has a number of positions suitable for new grads including Recreation Assistant, Case Manager, and possibly Harm Reduction Coordinator.

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Hopelink Logo

Hopelink - Helplink has a number of jobs that seem well suited to new college grads who have spent time actively engaged in their communities.

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The Fresh Air Fund - Managing their programs takes a lot of work, so the Fresh Air Fund is always looking for people to work for them both at their Summer Camps and in NYC.

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