The BSW Program at JSU was launched in 1988, and received initial accreditation by the National Council on Social Work Education in 1992, which became retroactive to 1988. Accreditation was reaffirmed in 1996, 2004, and again in 2013, which will be in effect until 2020.
Employment for social workers is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2014. The elderly population is increasing rapidly, creating greater demand for health and social services. Social workers will also be needed to help the large baby-boom generation deal with depression and mental health concerns stemming from mid-life difficulties.
Continuing concern about crime, juvenile delinquency, and services for the mentally ill, the mentally challenged, the physically disabled, and AIDS patients will spur demand for social workers. Other areas with employment growth for social workers will include hospitals, home healthcare services, private social services, substance abuse, schools, and private practice.