Career Opportunities

Social workers are employed in a wide variety of public and private organizations, as well as in private practice. Social workers are licensed by individual states. Licensure allows master’s level clinicians to bill insurance providers for their services. This enhances social workers’ employment opportunities.

Among the settings where social workers practice are the following:

  • Employee assistance programs (EAP)
  • Community mental health centers
  • Behavior health care organizations
  • Adult day care programs
  • Adoption service programs
  • Schools
  • Courts
  • State protective service agencies
  • Group homes
  • Domestic violence programs
  • Prisons
  • Substance abuse treatment programs
  • Community action agencies
  • Fund-raising organizations
  • Veterans Administration
  • Lobbyists
  • Legislators
  • Public policy analysts
  • CEOs and/or entrepreneurs of nonprofit or for-profit agencies