Social Work

A bachelor of social work prepares you for a career in helping others, and challenges you to become an advocate for positive social change.

Graduates have the necessary skills to join the work force as counselors, case managers, advocates and outreach specialists who work with all types of clients, including children, families, the elderly, and veterans, along with individuals with mental illness and disabilities. Employers recognize the specialized knowledge, skills, values and ethics provided in a bachelor of social work program, and trust that our graduates are ready to make an immediate, positive impact on the lives of clients, their agencies and communities.


This tool should only be used as a guide — remember to meet with your academic adviser, Career Services and/or faculty to determine appropriate career options.

  • My future career:

    Community Health Worker

  • My future career:

    Community Service Manager

  • My future career:

    Probation Officer

  • My future career:

    Social Worker

  • My future career:

    Substance Abuse Counselor

    • Career & Salary Information
    • Possible Career Options
    • Median Salary*
    • Education Needed
    • For More Information**

    * Median salary for the state of Michigan

    ** These professional organizations provide an excellent starting point for your research. There are many more resources available online.

    Additional Considerations

    Some careers may require additional education. See your academic adviser for more information.

    • Counselor
    • Community Health Worker
    • Psychologist
    • Service Manager