Social Workers Work In......

Employed By


Public Welfare 

Public Welfare Agencies

Private Social Service Agencies

Public welfare is designed to provide services and support for the poor, disabled, ill, elderly, or juvenile clients. Volunteer at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, battered women homes, literacy programs, or other social service agencies to get experience.
Criminal Justice and Corrections


Correctional Facilities


Police Departments

Probation Offices

Victim Services

Social workers in corrections focus on rehabilitation of clients.  Obtain experience by volunteering at a corrections facility or a victims program such as a rape crisis center.
School Social Work

Elementary and Secondary Schools

School Districts

Head Start Clinics

Early Intervention Programs

School systems may employ social workers to help students cope with / resolve emotional, developmental, or educational difficulties.  Gain experience with children at daycare centers, camps, scouts, or similar organizations.
Child Welfare

Public Child Welfare Agencies

Private Agencies Which Serve Children

Adoption Agencies

Residential and Foster Care Agencies

Child Day Care

Child welfare social workers strive to ensure the safety and well being of children through treatment of the whole family.  


Nursing Homes

Community Centers

Geronotology involves working with older adults, healthy or ill, and their families.  Get involved with programs / organizations designed for senior citizens.
Clinical Therapeutic Services

Community Mental Health Centers

Psychiatric Hospitals

Day Treatment Hospitals

Employee Assistance Programs


Family Service Agencies

Jails and Prisons

Clinical social workers are found in a variety of settings that provide therapeutic counseling to clients.  A MSW is required.

Family Service Agencies

Child Welfare Departments

Social Service Agencies

State Mental Health Departments

Probation Departments

Public Welfare Agencies

Public Interest Groups

Local, State, and Federal Government

Administrators are involved with planning, budgeting, public relations, operations management, fund raising and other crucial responsibilities that keep an organization functioning.  Obtain an MSW and gain management experience.
Research / Education

Colleges and Universities

Research Institutes

Local, State and Federal Government

Advocacy Organizations

Research provides data and statistics important in program implementation and policy development.  DSW or Ph.D. usually required.


Labor Unions

Employee Assistance Programs

Occupational social workers help employees become more productive and satisfied at their jobs.
Developmental Disabilities

Community Group Homes

State and Local Agencies

Social workers in this area help people with disabilities to adjust and lead productive lives.  Volunteer at special needs camps, day cares, schools, or hospitals to gain experience.
Health Care


Community Health Centers

Outpatient Clinics

Public Health Programs

Health Maintenance Organizations

Nursing Homes

Group Homes


Veterans Administration Hospitals

Social workers in health care facilitate medical and emotional treatment of patients.  Choose volunteer settings such as hospitals, the American Red Cross, or AIDS agencies.