Social Work Career Paths

Social workers are in high demand

The overall employment of social workers is projected to increase 15% over the next ten years, a much faster rate than the average for all other occupations. 

U N E MSW alumna works at the Dempsey Center

There is no such thing as a “typical” social worker.

Social work is a vital aspect of virtually all major societal institutions, and by choosing one of our three program specializations, you will be fully prepared for whatever social work path you choose. Social workers have important roles to play in schools, hospitals, private health institutions, prisons, community centers and rehabilitation clinics. At the policy level, social workers are employed by the state and federal agencies dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk individuals, populations and neighborhoods. Wherever your yearning takes you, will find a waiting niche for your social work skills.

Prepared for licensure

As a UNE M.S.W. graduate, you will have gained all of the knowledge and skills required by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and you will be well equipped to apply for a license and sit for the professional licensing exam. We’re proud to say that the licensure pass rate of our MSW graduates in 2016 was 81% — consistent with the national average.

U N E MSW alumna teachingPrepared for employment

When you complete a Master of Social Work with us, you’ll be fully prepared to enter the workforce. Our graduates tend to be in high demand with local employers due to our strong regional reputation and our unparalleled network of field placement partnerships — in fact, many of our students are hired at their placement sites directly following their internships.

Prepared to make a difference

Upon receiving licensure, you will enter a challenging, rewarding profession that positions you to improve the lives of children, adults, senior citizens and communities in ways that are clear and easy to see. There’s nothing subtle or mysterious about it — as a social worker, your actions will have a direct, positive effect on the lives of people who need help.

U N E MSW alumna counseling at the Dempsey Center

Prepared to advocate for the vulnerable

A career in social work empowers you to advocate for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Through working in support of individuals and challenging existing systems, you help shape society to better reflect the values of social justice.

As a graduate of our program, you are qualified to work in such areas of social work as public health, mental health, substance abuse, and child welfare. Your work takes you into unserved and underserved communities, where you advocate for, support, and ultimately empower people who otherwise might slip through the holes of society’s supposed social safety net.

Wherever you work in the field, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that rather than simply observing and lamenting society’s many examples of social inequity, you dedicated your life to doing something to combat them. 

The social safety net has huge holes in it, and it's real people that fall through those holes. The relationships that M.S.W. students develop with our clients are meaningful and literally life changing.

-Mary Beth Sullivan, UNE field instructor and Preble Street social worker 


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