Types of Social Workers

Social Workers perform a broad spectrum of duties ranging from providing support to those faced with difficult situations, emotional stresses, or significant change in their lives to clinically diagnosing emotional, behavioral or mental health disorders in individuals. Not only do they help the individuals cope with the situation at hand, they advocate for them and seek out valuable resources and other means of support for the affected person(s).

Typically, social workers are broken down into two distinct categories: direct service and clinical or “licensed” social worker. Within these two scopes of practice, there are a number of social work positions that focus specifically on a particular population. For instance, an individual may choose to focus their training on working with the elderly, while others may specialize in child welfare or in addictions. Below you will find a list of social work fields to explore. Licensure and education requirements for each type of social worker do vary from state to state.

Learn About these Select Social Work and Related Programs

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers a CSWE-accredited online Master's in Social Work. This program is top-ranked by US News and World Report. The GRE is not required to apply to the [email protected] program. Bachelor's required. Learn more about this program.

Aspiring social workers can earn an MSW online from Simmons College in as few as 15 months. To be admitted to [email protected], candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited college or university. Request information.

[email protected] is the online Master of Social Work program from the top-20–ranked University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW). The program is for students who earned a bachelor’s degree in a field other than social work. GRE scores are not required. Request information.

Capella University is now offering an online Master of Social Work that is in CSWE candidacy status. The MSW program helps prepare students to enter the general or clinical practice role (in most states). Capella also offers an online Doctor of Social Work. Click Here to contact Capella University about their Master of Social Work program or Doctor of Social Work program.

The Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University’s online Master of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation and is designed for working adults with or without a social work bachelor’s degree. Click here to request information about The Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University Online Master of Social Work program.

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