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What is Social Work? - Scope and Career Opportunities

What is Social Work?

Social work is a personally rewarding career for those who have an interest in working with people, and in addressing social and community issues and problems.

The social work profession has its own body of knowledge, code of ethics, practice standards, credentials, state licensing, and a nationwide system of accredited education programs.

Bachelor's degree in Social Work is a profession which help people, communities, societies to develop their potential. A degree in Social Work called Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). A person who completes degree in Social Work called Social Worker.

Social Work can taught in various disciplines. anthropology, sociology, psychology, government, economics and philosophy.

Also read: Top 10 Social Work Colleges in India

Here are few instructions you may consider for a career in social work:

  • Firstly, determine if you want to earn a bachelor's degree on social work by attending college or university. You can also earn a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree online.
  • Do a complete research on schools that offer a bachelor's degree in social work and review each programme they have.
  • Apply to schools that you find interesting. Consider tuition fee and the time taken to earn the BSW in different schools.
  • Make sure your preferred institution provides specific area of social work you want to specialise in.
  • Complete the prerequisites that are required for your bachelor's degree.
  • Apply for an internship which will give you field experience and may lead you to a rewarding career opportunity.

Areas of specialisation:

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Philosophy

Scope of Social Work:
There is a huge scope for this course. One can pursue Master's in Social Work in foreign Universities.

Career opportunities:
A social worker is required in various sectors such as hospitals or healthcare, community agencies, social welfare organizations, mental health and the community.

Salary: Range from Rs 8,000/- to Rs 15,000/- for freshers per month.

Top Universities in India offering BSW course:

  • Aligarh Muslim University
  • Amity University
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University
  • Osmania University
  • Bharathiar University

Top Universities abroad offering BSW course:

  • Boston University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Appalachian State University

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