Graduates with a degree in Social
Work have the academic credentials necessary to fill jobs in traditional
and newly emerging areas where a Bachelor's degree is considered the
appropriate entry level, as well as in areas formerly reserved exclusively
for Master of Social Work graduates. Some of the traditional areas are:
child welfare agencies, court system, adolescent and child care in residential
facilities for physically and mentally handicapped, work with elderly in
nursing homes and in their own homes, multi-service community centers, and
youth work. Among the newly emerging areas are residential and in-home
services for the elderly, women's advocacy centers, shelters for battered
women and children, day care facilities, crime victims' assistance centers,
industrial social work, community mental health programs, chemical dependency
facilities and treatment programs, neighborhood health centers, self-help
groups, political activism, crisis centers, and managed care facilities.
Employment needs in areas formerly reserved for MSWs are Social Work
departments in schools, hospitals, and family service agencies.