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Social Work Careers

The field of social work is so diverse that there are many combinations of degrees and licensed credentials that can provide you with a highly marketable set of skills.

Social Work at a Glance

Looking for a quick overview of the Social Work program? Take a look at Social Work at a Glance for a short summary of what a social and human services assistant does.

Career opportunities will vary widely depending on your level of education, experience and place of employment.

There are three main types of social work:

  • Child, family and school social workers
  • Medical and public health social workers
  • Mental health and substance abuse social workers

Possible positions include:

  • Child, family and school social worker
  • Clergy
  • Correctional officer
  • Counselor
  • Gerontologist (specialist in working with older adults)
  • Juvenile services social worker
  • Medical and public health social worker
  • Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
  • Social and human services assistant
  • Substance abuse counselor

Skills that make effective social workers and counselors include:

  • Active listening skills
  • Effective verbal communication with a variety of people
  • A genuine desire to help other people, especially in a crisis situation
  • Inductive reasoning and the ability to combine pieces of information into related conclusions
  • Sensitivity to recognizing problems or situations when something is likely to go wrong
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Time management

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects for Texas: 

Job TitleMedian
Hourly Wage
Median
Annual Salary
Projected Job Growth
Through 2024

Child, family and
school social workers

$19.88$41,340+17%

Counselors

$29.35$61,040+25%

Social and human services assistants

$15.60$32,450+24%
Social workers $35.27$73,360+17%

Substance abuse and
behavioral disorder counselors

$18.68$37,030+30%