What Can I Do With a Major In Social Work?
UGA Specific Information for Social Work
The Social Work major at the University of Georgia provides a great combination of academic excellence and commitment to social justice within a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. BSW students have a grounding in liberal arts, which helps inform and enhance their social work classes. In addition, students learn about the history of social work and the development of social welfare, the impact of diversity and oppression on our society, and theories of human development including the development of the family and of groups. Students also learn about communities and organizations and how they affect families and individuals. Social work students learn research methodology and understand the relationship between research and practice. During their senior year, BSW students intern for 20 hours a week in social service agencies.
The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education to prepare graduates for entry-level social work practice. Ranked #13 in the nation by College Factual, the program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for excellence in generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Generalist social work practice is based on an understanding of the ecological perspective, is driven by a commitment to social justice, and is grounded in scientific research.
Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Social Work*
** Includes Self-Employed
Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
- Participate in the Career Center's Intern for a Day program to explore career fields of interest
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- Utilize Handshake to find internship, part-time job, or volunteer opportunities related to your career fields of interest.
- Conduct informational interviews. Build your network through brief one-on-one conversations with professionals in your career fields of interest. Speak to your Career Consultant to discuss how to set up and prepare for informational interviews.
- Join a student organization related to your interests and goals. Get active and taken on leadership roles in professional, service, social, advocacy, and/or honor organizations to gain valuable experience.
- Look for student-specific and career resources from professional associations affiliated with your career fields of interest.
- Take on an internship, part-time job, or volunteer opportunity related to your career fields of interest. Utilize Handshake to find these opportunities.
- Seek research, presentation, and writing opportunities.
- Explore and discuss graduate school options and resources early.
Supplemental Career Research Dashboard
Additional Career Research Resources
- O*NET (click on Find Occupations)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (type in general term for career of interest)
- Career One Stop
- Career Insider: Vault Guides (Use your 810/811 number to access Online Resources and select "Career Insider". Select "Industries and Professions".)
- Candid Career (Use your 810/811 number to access Online Resources and select "CandidCareer.com". View professionals speaking about their careers under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
- Social Work Specialty Occupational Profiles
- Social Work Career Guide
- Social Work Careers with a MSW Degree
- "So You Want to Be a Counselor/Therapist? Let Me Tell You the Ways" (Psychiatry vs. Psychology vs. Counseling vs. Social Work, etc.)
- Idealist Nonprofit Career Information and Resources
- National Association of Social Workers JobLink
- Athens-Clarke County Human Services Agencies
- Council on Social Work Education Directory of Accredited Programs
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs Directory
- Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education Accredited Programs Directory
- American Psychological Association Accredited Programs
- Georgia Department of Human Services
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- USA Jobs
- Health Resources and Services Administration Opportunities
- Athens-Clarke County Hospitals and Clinics
The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
|Action Ministries Northeast||Intern||Advantage Behavioral Health||Behavioral Intervention Specialist||AmeriCorps Explorer Program||Intern||Children First||Social Worker||Goodwill of North Georgia||Employment Job Coach||International Forwarding Company||Import Operator||Positive Behavior Supports||Registered Behavior Technician||Project Safe||Advocate||Teach For America||Teach For America Corps Member||Walton County Division of Family and Children Services||Social Services Case Manager|
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY UGA Social Work - Bachelor's Degree MAJORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019**
|Georgia State University||Social Work, Not Specified||Hunter College||Social Work, MSW||Rutgers University||Social Work, MSW||University of Georgia||Agricultural and Environmental Education, MAEE; Social Work, MSW; Social Work (Advanced Standing), MSW; Social Work and Public Health, MSW/MPH||University of Kentucky||Not Specified||University of Maryland - Baltimore||Social Work, Not Specified||Vanderbilt University||Human Development Counseling, MEd|