Professionals with proper training and certifications can pursue rewarding and lucrative careers in the social work field. Today's social workers can choose from a plethora of career paths and industries, many of which involve face-to-face interaction with clients and patients. Depending on your passions and training, you can hold important jobs working with vulnerable and in-need groups such as children, patients recovering from injuries or illnesses, and persons with addiction or mental health issues.

Aspiring social workers should choose a career path as early as possible so that they can prepare accordingly. In addition to choosing the appropriate college or university that meets their personal and academic needs, students also need a plan for earning the appropriate certifications and/or licensures for their desired job. Requirements for social workers vary from state to state, so students should understand the necessary steps for finishing their degrees and attaining certifications for where they intend to work. The guide below offers detailed descriptions of educational options, careers in social work, and important factors to consider when choosing a career path.

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Skills Gained in a Social Work Program

Social work careers require professionals to obtain a wide array of skills, and accredited social work programs can offer specific courses that help cultivate particular skills. Alternatively, social workers learn many useful communicative, interpersonal, and organizational skills while working or in supervised hands-on learning scenarios. The list below highlights some important skills that social workers use daily.

Communication

Most social work jobs require professionals to speak directly with patients in one-on-one and group settings. Social workers need the ability to discuss sensitive topics in a clear and concise manner as well as articulate and explain ways that their patients can help themselves and others.

Interpersonal Skills

Professionals in social work careers must relate to and work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Interpersonal skills prove an essential component in providing meaningful treatment and guidance for patients. Additionally, social workers interact with patients who display a variety of emotions, so they need to prepare for complex or emotionally charged interactions.

Organizational Skills

Professionals in this field often work with multiple clients at one time. Along with generating any required documentation, personal notes, and managing additional client paperwork, social workers must maintain an organized system. Social workers also juggle appointments and meeting times at various locations. Organization is essential to helping clients, remaining in good standing with your employer, and ultimately enjoying a successful career.

Emotional Skills

Many social workers work in stressful environments or with patients who have experienced trauma. Effective professionals in this field possess the emotional stability and maturity to deal with taxing conversations and scenarios. While social work programs help train students, some of this emotional stamina comes from one's personal history and growth as an adult.

Problem-solving

Social work careers can present unique challenges on a daily basis, so professionals in the field need to learn to think on their feet, employ the best social work practices, and solve problems in real time. Additionally, experienced social workers possess stronger problem-solving skills that lead to both practical and innovative solutions.

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Why Pursue a Career in Social Work?

Many individuals pursue a social work career because of job growth opportunities, diverse career options, and continued learning opportunities. The job outlook for virtually all popular career paths for social workers looks bright. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 16% growth in social work jobs by 2026. Comparatively, the BLS projects both a 16% growth rate for counselors and other social service specialists and a 20% growth rate for healthcare social workers. These numbers amount to more than twice the average growth rate for all other occupations in the U.S.

Additionally, social work professionals typically enjoy their work because of the rewarding experience of helping others. Whether specializing in working with children, drug and alcohol abusers, or individuals with mental health issues, social workers help people solve and/or cope with their problems so that they can live their fullest lives in safe environments.

How Much Do Social Work Majors Make?

Many factors affect the potential salary of a social work graduate, with location serving as one of the most significant. According to PayScale, social workers in Seattle make 22% more than the national median salary, while professionals in Indianapolis make 6% below the national median. Additionally, social workers' training and education affects their earning potential. For example, those with bachelor's degrees in social work can expect $38,991 per year, and the median salary for professionals with master's degree in social work is $45,952. Licensed clinical social workers who need a master's degree make a median salary of $56,255 per year.

Interview With a Professional

Susan Youngsteadt Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Susan Youngsteadt graduated from North Carolina State University with a master's in social work in 2016. She has more than six years of experience working with youth and adults in various agency settings and holds both a bachelor of arts in psychology and a certificate in nonprofit studies/management. Youngsteadt is a licensed clinical social worker associate and currently practices as a family centered treatment (FCT) therapist for a private community mental health agency in Raleigh, NC. She holds membership with the SAFEchild Young Ambassadors in Raleigh, a nonprofit that strives to eliminate child abuse and neglect in Wake County. Youngsteadt also works with a local chapter of Safe Families for Children, a nonprofit that provides hope and surrounds families in crisis with a caring, compassionate community.

Why did you choose a degree in social work? Was this something you were always interested in?

For me, I always knew I wanted to work with families. I can specifically remember writing a poem in 9th grade English class about wanting to become a marriage and family therapist. Now, my specific job title and end goal may have shifted slightly over the years (I do not have my LMFT), but I still work with families and truly enjoy it. I plan to work with children, adolescents, and families in some format for the foreseeable future.

My parents were both registered nurses when they met. My mother and father instilled in me a desire to help others and to give back. My parents always gave more than they took and made it a point to instill these values into me growing up. I was also blessed with the opportunity to have a high school guidance counselor who made a tremendous impact on my life. She was part of my inspiration to pursue a degree in social work and work with adolescents.

I did not always know I needed to have a degree in social work to do the type of work I wanted to do. In my undergraduate program, my adviser explored options with me and provided me with the information on how obtaining a master's of social work would allow me to have broad options when working with children and families -- as well as be able to provide therapy in a clinical setting. I obtained a nonprofit management studies minor from North Carolina State University as well, and knew social work would allow me to pursue that passion of mine also.

What were some of the most crucial skills that you gained in your MSW program that apply to your job on a day-to-day basis?

This is a tough question. Thinking back to my time in my MSW program, the first skill that comes to mind is humility. I learned how to admit I did not know everything, and I needed to work together with other people to achieve the same goal: helping others. I learned how to give myself a break. I have always been someone who found school important and dedicated a lot of time to academic performance.

My MSW program taught me to place more value in the learning experience and to know my personal limits. I would exhaust myself and then be unable to give my best to certain parts of the program. I gained the skill of validation and affirmation when working with others. We focused a lot on active listening skills, which is crucial in the field of social work where many individuals simply want to be heard.

On a day-to-day basis, I would have to say the skills of validation, active listening, affirmation, normalizing thoughts, feelings, and experiences, and asking open-ended [instead of close-ended questions] were all gained from my time in my MSW program and the internship experiences. Making connections also stands out as a crucial skill. Networking is key in the field of social work.

We all have similar goals with a root in wanting to support others in our community. Working together and getting to know people in other agencies and positions has been hands-down one of the most important skills I gained. I learned how to search for resources in my community. Or, in other words, I learned how to do more than simply google something and hope I found the answer I needed.

You earned an undergraduate degree in psychology. Is it necessary/do you think it's important for MSW students to have this kind of background going into their master's program?

I chose to earn a degree in psychology because the human mind has always fascinated me. I do feel this undergraduate degree, along with a minor in social work, was helpful for me going into a master's program for social work. Do I feel it is necessary? No, in my cohort, there were individuals with a variety of backgrounds, all with so much to offer. We had people with backgrounds in business, sociology, communication, etc. All of these backgrounds have something to bring to the table in the field of social work.

I honestly believe that if all MSW's had the same background in regards to undergraduate education, we would not be as diverse and would put ourselves in a situation where we all thought the same. We need different perspectives, pulling from a variety of academic fields. I do believe having an understanding of the needs within your community, a desire to help others, and a willingness to learn and serve others are key to obtaining an MSW. Many individuals who I have had the opportunity or pleasure to work with or attend school with had an experience in their childhood or adulthood that led them to pursue social work.

What are some of the greatest challenges you face in your practice? What advice would you give to students considering this line of work?

In my current role, I practice as a FCT clinician at a private community mental health agency. This would be considered clinical, direct practice work where I see families and individuals face-to-face and provide therapeutic services. Some of the greatest challenges I face in my current practice include having a solid work/life balance and healthy boundaries when it comes to work. My current position is considered 24/7 crisis, meaning if one of the families on my caseload is experiencing a crisis, they are able to reach out to me anytime for support. Now, that does not mean that I absolutely 100% must answer. Everyone understands us clinician's have personal lives. We utilize a phone tree and have an emergency crisis plan in place for these situations.

However, we are expected to do our due diligence in making ourselves available to a family when a crisis occurs. So in a sense, I am always “on." I have found it challenging to turn my work “off" when I get home in the evenings or on weekends, when I always feel as though there is something I could be doing or a family may call needing assistance. Over time, I have become more comfortable with placing firm boundaries on myself for when I need to put work away and be present in my personal life -- along with placing boundaries with families that I serve. This includes providing families with a good crisis plan for if I am unavailable to respond to the family right away.

These boundaries include putting my phone down and not feeling obligated to answer every work related email the minute it comes through. It is a challenge not to feel responsible for doing everything you can to help your families out, which can truly impact your personal life if good boundaries aren't in place. Advice I would give to students considering clinical work: I would suggest exploring setting boundaries within yourself for work life and personal life. You can do this by exploring how you set boundaries now with your friends and family, etc.

I would also suggest exploring what you are capable and willing to do when working with families, being honest with yourself. Are you willing to work on weekends, take calls later in the evening, potentially move your schedule around at the last minute? Being transparent and honest with yourself and what you are willing to do when working with families can be a tremendous help when looking for clinical positions right out of an MSW program. Make sure to ask about work/life balance in job interviews with enhanced or crisis service positions.

What was the job search like after completing your degree? Did you feel fully prepared when making the transition from school into practicing?

I completed my degree in May of 2016. During the last few months of our graduate program, we were encouraged to begin the job search. Advisers and professors alike would provide feedback on resumes, cover letters, and field questions on job postings. We were also encouraged to reach out to the NASW (National Association of Social Workers) staff, specifically the individual who provided resume assistance. She was a huge help in feeling prepared for the job search.

The job search was somewhat confusing, as I personally was not sure on the exact path I wanted to take right out of school. I knew I simply needed a job. I wanted to work with children and families, but wasn't sure if I wanted to work in a private or public setting, in clinical versus more macro, etc. The job search proved overwhelming at first, but once I was able to sit back and truly think about what I wanted to do and what would make me happy, then it felt much easier to look for certain positions in the area.

When making the transition into practicing in a full-time job, I can say it was not an easy transition for me. I initially struggled to find my groove and a schedule I was comfortable with. I went straight into my master's program from undergrad, so I had been in school for six years. No longer having class or a paper due was unusual to me and took longer to get used to than I would have anticipated. I feel that continuing to work all throughout my undergraduate and graduate programs did help in feeling less of the impact in working full time.

What additional advice would you give to prospective MSW students?

Have a support system or begin the process of solidifying your support system. MSW programs involve a lot of self-reflection and introspective work. You will learn a lot about yourself as well as others in your cohort/classes. You will study tough but relevant topics that can weigh you down and overwhelm you. Developing a good self-care routine is also highly recommended.

You will need to take care of yourself. I know for me, I wanted to give everything I had to my MSW program. My cohort playfully turned the MSW acronym into standing for “Must Save World." This rang very true for me. I was constantly on the go, working and going to school while completing my internship. Developing a self-care routine where I replenished myself allowed me to give more to my program and the agency I partnered with. It can be anything from weekly nights with your friends, reading a good book, hot baths with a candle, a glass of wine or two, whatever works for you. This is also a great piece of advice that will follow you into the professional field once you complete your MSW program.

How to Become a Social Worker

Education Required

Different careers in social work demand certain levels of training, education, and experience. Those with a bachelor's in social work typically work with policymakers, community organizations, and groups to improve social conditions, local policies, and various community-based programs. Clinical social workers, who provide individual, group, and couples therapy, need to earn a master's degree and obtain two years of professional experience before entering the job market.

In a master's program, social work students learn how to help patients cope with serious situations, develop treatment plans with medical professionals, and refer patients to the proper resources or services. They may also obtain training in a specialty area and development management skills. Those with doctoral degrees in the field typically work in clinical and administrative roles at clinics, hospitals, and other institutions.

Experience Required

To become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), learners must earn a master's degree from a graduate program endorsed by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), pass the Association of Social Work Boards examination, and meet any additional state requirements. A clinical license typically requires learners to complete 2-3 years of supervised clinical social work.

These licensed professionals work independently in private practices or public settings such as schools, community health agencies, and medical facilities. To prepare for these types of careers, a student's clinical internship and training covers a wide variety of skills and includes supervised clinical assessments and management skills. Clinical training helps LCSWs determine the best specialty area for their skills and career path.

Licensure Required

Licensure ensures that the public receives treatment or guidance from social workers with the appropriate level of education and training, and all states require clinical social workers to possess licensure. There are four common types of social work licensure: licensed bachelor of social work (LBSW), licensed master of social work, licensed master social work-advanced generalist, and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). The requirements for each license varies by state; some states may grant a social work certification to those who possess an associate degree, while others require a master's degree for licensure.

Students interested in earning the LBSW should plan on earning a bachelor's degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited college or university. For the remaining three licenses, students must obtain a master's degree in social work. In most cases, at least 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience are required for the LCSW.

After completing the master's degree and working a full-time, 40-hour position in the field, most professionals can complete the required clinical hours in two years. Upon earning licensure, social work professionals may earn advanced practice specialty credentials. Offered by NASW, professionals pursue advanced credentials in areas including case management, addiction, education, gerontology, and healthcare.

Concentrations Available for Social Work Majors

  • Child and Family Social Workers: These workers help vulnerable children and families. They may help families locate housing, apply for benefits, or find childcare services. These social workers may also intervene when children are in danger, neglected, or abused. In some cases, these professionals help arrange adoptions, locate foster families for children, or reunite separated family members.
  • School Social Workers: These professionals work directly with teachers, parents, and school administrators to improve student life, academic performance, and social development. They often counsel and advise students with behavioral issues, including bullying, fighting, and skipping class. They may also help manage or supervise staff members inside the school as needed and develop crisis management or safety services.
  • Healthcare Social Workers: Social workers in healthcare offer daily support for patients in recovery who suffer from physical, emotional, or psychological pain. They may work with patients' families to help cultivate a stronger support system or other healthcare providers to coordinate recovery plans and make referrals for other services.
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers: These professionals provide therapy for individuals with addiction or mental illnesses with the goal of helping clients change their behaviors and develop healthy coping habits. Social workers in this field ensure that clients pursue help with additional services, support groups, and 12-step programs.

Median Salary by Social Work Specialty

Social Workers $63,140
Healthcare Social Workers $56,200
Child, Family, and School Social Workers $46,270
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $44,840

Source: BLS

What Can You Do with a Social Work Degree?

Social work career choices largely depend on education level, training, expertise, and the state of the job market. A bachelor's degree is necessary to secure entry-level positions in the field; professionals with a bachelor's degree in social work typically work in lower-level administrative positions and as caseworkers or mental health assistants.

More lucrative careers in the social work field, including clinical positions and higher-level administration jobs, usually require a master's or doctoral degree. Advanced degree holders pursue licensure in their specialty area and usually spend two or more years in supervised training positions. After completing your clinical hours, clinical social workers must also pass an exam to secure licensure.

Median Salary of Social Work Majors by Degree Level

Bachelor's Degree in Social Work

Professionals with a bachelor's degree understand and can work with social welfare policies, human behavior, social work ethics, and clients with diverse backgrounds. These skill sets prepare social workers for various entry-level positions in administrative and counseling roles, including as probation officers, human services specialists, case management aides, and community outreach workers.

With experience, bachelor's degree holders can move up to higher-level management and increase their earning potential. Since this degree prepares students for careers wherein they work directly with communities and people of all backgrounds, many schools recommend that they gain speaking or reading proficiency in a foreign language.

Substance Abuse or Behavioral Disorder Counselor

Through meetings and interviews with clients and possibly their families, these counselors develop care and treatment plans for those with alcohol and/or drug addictions and behavioral issues. They work in health facilities such as community health centers, hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, and mental health clinics. Professionals use skills they acquired during their undergraduate social work program, such as patient management, explaining treatment procedures and goals, and recommending the appropriate outside resources and services.

Salary: $44,630

Social or Community Service Manager

These social workers help improve public programs and services, analyze pertinent data, increase awareness of local and regional resources, and advocate for support and funding. They may help groups such as children and the unemployed or act as a liaison between upper management and staff at an organization. The interpersonal and organizational skills that professionals develop in their bachelor's programs are particularly important in this career.

Salary: $65,320

Case Manager, Social Services

Case managers handle multiple social work cases at a time and ensure that they meet clients' needs. They need excellent interpersonal and communication skills to support their clients and create treatment programs that benefit those in counseling. Their goal is to make sure clients engage with social service resources, especially those associated with the social worker's employer. These workers may also take on managerial roles wherein they oversee groups of health professionals.

Salary: $37,729

Social Services Director

These directors serve their employers in leadership roles and often oversee social services staff members. They control client admissions to their organization and orchestrate client transfers to other social work professionals. In some cases, they serve as the public face of their organizations and disseminate information about the services and resources they offer. Bachelor's programs ensure that professionals obtain the managerial, interpersonal, and organizational skills necessary to spearhead social services activities.

Salary: $52,708

Master's Degree in Social Work

While you gain significant experience and training in a bachelor's program, a master's degree prepares you for more specialized work and increases your earning potential. This degree, which typically takes 2-3 years to complete, helps students progress toward careers in clinical, administrative, and managerial roles. For example, master's programs recipients may choose to study mental health, social work and education, clinical social work, or social work in school systems. These specialty areas allow students to focus on one or two major topics in the field that determine the trajectory of a graduate student's career upon graduation.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

These mental healthcare professionals offer counseling, therapy, and practical prevention of various mental health issues. LCSWs treat clients with a diverse set of needs; some may have relatively simple counseling needs, while others struggle with serious and/or chronic mental health problems. LCSWs work in hospitals, clinics, and private practices and must hold a master's degree before taking the licensure exam in all states. In addition to this requirement, a master's program ensures that professionals obtain the necessary training and experience through supervised clinical practicums or internships, to effectively treat clients with mental health issues.

Salary: $56,296

Director, Nonprofit Organization

Directors oversee all of the programs run by an organization, manage and coordinate staff members, and help organize daily activities. They serve as the spokesperson and leader of their nonprofit by speaking at public events, working with the board of directors, and communicating with the media. Directors may also assume some responsibility for garnering financial support from individuals or organizations. The pertinent training in master's programs helps students develop the leadership, communication, and managerial skills that all directors must possess.

Salary: $61,951

School or Career Counselor

Counselors work in elementary, middle, and high schools, interacting directly with students, their parents, faculty, and staff. They help students overcome social and behavioral issues and may develop education programs or activities to teach students about drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and other health hazards. They aim to work with school administrators to improve the quality of life and the learning environment at the institution. Master's degree training prepares professionals to function as dynamic problem-solvers with excellent communication skills.

Salary: $56,310

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, or Mental Health Counselor

These directors serve their employers in leadership roles and often oversee social services staff members. They control client admissions to their organization and orchestrate client transfers to other social work professionals. In some cases, they serve as the public face of their organizations and disseminate information about the services and resources they offer. Bachelor's programs ensure that professionals obtain the managerial, interpersonal, and organizational skills necessary to spearhead social services activities.

Salary: $44,630

Doctoral Degree in Social Work

For those who wish to pursue education beyond the master's degree, there are two types of doctoral degrees in social work: the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) and the doctor of social work (DSW). In most cases, graduate students pursue these advanced degrees to prepare for careers in research and teaching, including jobs as professors and researchers at colleges, universities, and private institutions. Doctoral degree holders also seek out leadership and other advanced roles in clinical fields.

A doctorate degree does not qualify you to earn a higher or more advanced license. Rather, these programs help graduate students become experts in a particular field and provide unique opportunities to work with and learn from distinguished educators in the field. Extensive and thorough research helps advance the social work field and provides new insights into treating clients, and doctoral degree holders possess the advanced research skills to carry out these important projects.

'' Postsecondary Teacher

Postsecondary teachers work at various types of educational institutions, but they predominantly teach or conduct research at colleges and universities. A doctoral degree prepares students for positions that require teaching, academic research, or a combination of the two. Many academic departments rotate experienced teachers through leadership roles in various committees. These teachers typically advise and guide students in addition to teaching classes in their specialty area.

Salary: $78,470

Department Chair - College/University

Department chairs serve as the leaders of their respective academic department inside a college or university. They supervise their faculty members, collaborate with university administrators, and strive to maximize their department's resources. Doctoral training helps prepare them for leadership roles, including advising students and fellow faculty members and adjusting curricula as needed.

Salary: $84,143

Where Can I Work With a Social Work Degree?

The types of careers available for professionals with social work degrees depends on several factors. For example, location and demographics can affect which areas of the industry need workers. For many social workers, the biggest concern is the ability to earn a comfortable living while working in an area of the field about which they are passionate. The job outlook for social workers looks positive, as these well-trained and versatile professionals are in demand across the U.S.

Locations

Employment opportunities and wages for social workers vary from state to state. Additionally, the cost of living in a particular area influences what employers pay and how much is spent on basic necessities and transportation each month. Many working professionals prefer areas with temperate weather, low crime rates, clean air, and close proximity to natural and cultural attractions, but these may not always be the locations in the most need Your quality of life matters, however, and you should try to find a balance that works for both your career and desired location.

Industries

Hospitals; State, Local, and Private

Social workers in hospitals and other care facilities offer clinical services for patients on all areas of the recovery spectrum. They also offer support for patients' family and friends.

Average Salary: $60,100

Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals

Local government employment opportunities for social workers often resided within metropolitan social services. They offer homeless services, counseling, burial services, social data analysis, life management skills training, and more.

Average Salary: $54,430

Ambulatory Healthcare Services

These professionals work in healthcare facilities that specialize in treating specific conditions. Social workers interact directly with patients, arrange in-home care, and discuss any life changes that may occur as a result of an injury, condition, or disease.

Average Salary: $49,840

State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals

Social workers at the state level help organize and run various state-sponsored services and programs to benefit the public. These programs cover all major areas of the field, including mental health, social justice, social services, child welfare, and criminal justice.

Average Salary: $48,590

Individuals and Family Services

These social workers provide guidance and counseling for individuals and families around their communities. They work at welfare agencies, youth shelters, nonclinical facilities, and nonprofit organizations. While careers in this area may be emotionally taxing, many social workers experience a great sense of purpose and accomplishment.

Average Salary: $41,810

How Do You Find a Job as a Social Worker?

When preparing your job application materials, make sure your resume highlights all of your strengths in relation to each job for which you apply. You can save time by using a template that contains standard information, such as your educational and employment history. Any additional certifications or specializations you can list strengthen your resume.

Additionally, professional membership organizations such as the American Clinical Social Work Association, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and National Organization of Forensic Social Work offer job preparation resources, networking opportunities, and active job boards for graduates, new social workers, and seasoned professionals.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the overall employment of social workers to grow by 16% by 2026. More than half of social work professionals work in the healthcare industry with local and state governments. The outlook for social work careers looks bright, and aspiring social workers should be hopeful about finding work upon graduation.

Professional Resources for Social Work Majors

Social Work Helper

This award-winning progressive site offers daily news, resources, and other information related to social work, activism, and social justice. The site includes separate links to sections with news in education, health, politics, culture, technology, and mental health. Users can download the site's mobile app for easy access to content and live updates.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

As an agency located in the U.S. Department of Health, SAMHSA strives to lead public health initiatives and improve the behavioral health of individuals around the country. Workers and researchers apply for grants through SAMHSA and the center for substance abuse prevention. This site includes practitioner training tools, information, and technical assistance.

Clinical Social Work Association

This membership organization is one of the largest groups of professional mental health clinicians in the world. CSWA helps its members stay current on research and developments in the field, improves their professional credibility, and helps new and seasoned professionals find employment in the field. Members also gain access to the diverse and growing member's contacts directory.

Social Work Policy Institute

This think tank and social work advocacy group offers access to various research-oriented resources. In addition to acting as a liaison between working professionals and the National Association for Social Workers, the institute fosters collaborative projects in the field. The SWPI features an open-source site that includes news, press releases, and publications.

The Social Work Podcast

Social work professionals interested in research, policy, education, and direct social work practice can use this site and its podcast episodes as a helpful newsource. Hosted by Jonathan Singer, the site explores new and old ideas in the field and recent research projects, and it often includes interviews with experts.

Nonprofit Career Network

Dedicated to helping professionals locate employment in virtually any type of nonprofit organization, NCN is a one-stop resource for new and seasoned professionals. The site includes a nonprofit organization directory and an active job board. Members gain access to various online resources that help make their resumes visible to potential employers.

Child Welfare League of America

Founded in 1920, CWLA serves vulnerable and at-risk children and families. In addition to spearheading public programs and initiatives, the league organizes a network of public and private agencies to help improve policies that affect this population. The site features a career page for professional interested in jobs with CWLA or other positions in the child welfare field.

International Federation of Social Workers

This global organization advocates for human rights, social development, and social justice by promoting social work. The group focuses on disseminating the latest and best social work practice models and facilitates international cooperation among interested professional parties. The site's information hub and events section helps social workers locate news, reports, and publications pertaining to research and projects around the globe.

SocialWork.org

This site provides useful resources and links for students and professionals. Aspiring social workers use its career preparation materials to ready themselves for the competitive job market. This section includes guides on licensure, professional networking resources, and links to internship and practicum opportunities. Additionally, the site includes financial advice and scholarship information for learners in the field.

Council on Social Work Education

Founded in 1952, CSWE strives to continually improve social work education and promotes individual, community, and family well-being. The group also focuses on promoting social and economic justice. Members can access an active job board and apply for awards through the site. CSWE also provides links to current research and publications in the field, educational resources, and information on regional meetings and conferences.