Social workers can gain employment working in public agencies, private practices and schools offering counseling, and guidance to community members struggling with emotional and physical disabilities. Social workers also work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and medical facilities to help patients understand their rights, provide resources for rehabilitation and offer grief counseling for people suffering with impending loss.
Social work careers also span into all levels of government. Social workers serve as researchers for government agencies, case workers at state health and human services offices and community educators for government agencies, offering informative workshops and events for the local community.
Social workers are also employed by courts and law offices to advocate for the rights of the less fortunate and police departments to provide counseling and referral services for officers and victims of crimes.
Training for a career in social work involves earning an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Degree programs feature training that includes general education courses, curriculum focused on psychology, philosophy, medical care and sociology. Students also complete practical field experience while training to become a social worker. Many states require that social workers become registered, certified or licensed to actively work in the field.