Social workers practice in many settings, working with people and communities to find solutions to problems. Fields where social workers provide direct service to individuals, families, and groups include:
- Children and family services in child protective services, foster care agencies, adoptions, schools, and counseling agencies
- Health services in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes.
- Mental health and substance abuse services in treatment and case management agencies and private practice.
- Aging service in home care agencies and senior centers.
- Legal services in correctional facilities, treatment agencies, and mediation services.
Other social workers work with community members to improve conditions in their area. Still others work in leadership roles in social service organizations.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social work and health care administration are occupations expected to grow “faster than average” in the coming years. Job prospects in these fields are considered excellent.