Craft a meaningful career helping others.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected faster growth in the field of social work than the average for all occupations, projecting that positions for social workers will increase by 7% between 2022 and 2032.

Iowa MSW graduates can explore various career paths across different fields due to the versatility of the degree.

Career options include

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Clinical social worker

Provide therapy, counseling, and support services to individuals, families, or groups in various settings like mental health clinics, hospitals, or private practice.

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Therapist in private practice

Establish a private practice to offer counseling and therapy services to clients dealing with various mental health challenges.

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Medical social worker

Work in hospitals, clinics, or other healthcare settings, helping patients and families navigate medical systems, access resources, and cope with illnesses.

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School social worker

Support students' academic success and social-emotional well-being by addressing issues like bullying, family problems, and behavioral concerns within educational settings.

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Community outreach coordinator

Collaborate with communities, organizations, or nonprofits to develop and implement programs that address social issues, such as poverty, homelessness, or substance abuse.

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Substance abuse counselor

Assist individuals struggling with addiction by providing counseling, therapy, and support services in rehabilitation centers, community health centers, or private practice.

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Child welfare worker

Work for child protective services or nonprofits, ensuring the safety and well-being of children in at-risk or troubled family situations.

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Policy advocate/analyst

Engage in advocacy, research, and policy analysis to address social justice issues, influence policies, and bring about systemic change in government agencies, advocacy groups, or research organizations.
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Geriatric social worker

Support older adults and their families by addressing issues related to aging, long-term care, housing, and end-of-life planning in nursing homes, hospices, or community organizations.

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Criminal justice social worker

Assist individuals within the criminal justice system, such as probation officers or in correctional facilities, focusing on rehabilitation, reentry programs, and reducing recidivism.

These roles can vary in responsibilities, settings, and populations served. Networking, gaining experience through internships or fellowships, and obtaining relevant licensure or certifications can further enhance job prospects in the field.