What is Social Work?
WHAT IS SOCIAL WORK?
Social work is the profession that promotes or restores the relationships between people and their environment in order to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, communities, or organizations. Social work traces its historical roots to the end of the 1800s and social work activities then and now work toward the improvement of social conditions and the alleviation of social problems. Working with individuals, families, small groups, communities, or organizations social workers are viewed as caring individuals who strive to enhance personal competencies, facilitate linkages between people and their access to necessary social supports, advocate on behalf of society’s disenfranchised minorities, and create social service organizations that are responsive to human needs.
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Information on Social Work Careers and Salaries
The Association of Social Work Boards can provide information on state social work licensure boards. It has hyperlinks to the social work boards located throughout the U.S.
This link provides general information on careers in social work. http://www.helpstartshere.org/ .
The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor offers a 5 to 10 year projection on the need for social work and social work related jobs.