Department of Social Work

What Can You do with a BSW?

The BSW degree is probably the strongest bachelor's level human service degree you can get. The BSW prepares individuals for entry-level direct practice in a variety of settings. The following areas of social work practice are where many graduates initially begin their social work practice:

  • Child protection services
  • Services to aging populations
  • Crisis counseling
  • Youth services
  • Services to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence
  • School social work
  • Corrections-youth and adults
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Medical social work
  • Community development/community organizing
  • Community Outreach
  • Rehabilitative Services
  • Substance Abuse

Job Outlook for Social Workers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted a 16% increase in the overall employment of social workers from 2008 to 2018. Those working in family and child welfare and protective services could expect a 12% increase, while those working in mental health and substance abuse could see a 20% increase. Social workers in medical and public health could experience the largest growth, with a projected increase of 22%.

UMD Social Work Department

220 Bohannon Hall
1207 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812

(218) 726-8497
1 (888) 534-9734

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