social workIncreasing demand for social work professionals

Social work is a helping profession that offers you career possibilities in a wide range of settings. A bachelor’s degree in Social Work (B.S.W.) from UNE prepares you for an entry-level position in health care or human service organizations.

During your time at UNE, you might decide to engage in any of the following: counsel grieving children, develop resources for elders, work in child protection, or establish a non-profit agency providing services to immigrant and refugee populations. Social work is a rewarding field because you are engaged in work alongside people facing some of life’s most difficult challenges.

As a social worker, you help people of all backgrounds, providing prevention, intervention, education and advocacy for individuals, families and communities in need. A career in social work is exciting and interesting, with employment opportunities in public and private agencies including schools, hospitals, mental health centers, long-term care facilities, jails, and military and veterans’ programs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for child and family, mental health and substance abuse, and health care social workers is on the rise.

National bureau of labor statistics

A greater demand for social services and health care workers will contribute to a 34% increase in jobs 2010-2020

U N E MSW Career Graph

social work jobs, bureau of labor statistics

Projected growth of public health social work jobs

U N E MSW public health jobs

Work settings for social workers

Many opportunities exist for employment with your Bachelor of Social Work degree in settings and careers such as: 

  • Community mental health centers
  • Schools
  • Refugee relief agencies
  • Homeless shelters
  • Child and family programs
  • Substance abuse prevention and intervention programs
  • At-risk youth programs
  • Hospitals
  • Elderly care centers