Social Work Career Paths

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 as such, social workers have important roles to play in schools, hospitals, private health institutions, prisons, community centers and rehabilitation clinics. And 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.

So wherever your yearning to help others takes you, it is likely that you will find a waiting niche for your social work skills.

Prepared for licensure

As a UNE MSW 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 is over 90%—well above the national average.

U N E MSW alumna teachingPrepared for employment

When you complete a Master of Social Work with us, you’ll be well 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.

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