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Rewarding Career: Five Reasons You Should Get a Degree in Social Work

In a time where society actively pushes STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs onto its newly minted college graduates, going into social work may seem like a quaint endeavor. But this article will discuss a few reasons why you should consider earning your degree in social work.

Time

Many graduate degrees can take 3-4 years out of a young student's life. This is time that they could spend earning money that could help decrease the amount that they owe on their student debt. The great thing about social work degrees is that you will not spend inordinate amounts of time in school. A bachelor's degree in social work will take 4 years to earn. If you continue on to a master's, this will only require an additional two years of study. You can be out in the job market in 6 years.

Job Security

A social work degree is a very flexible commodity in the job market. This is because there will always be urban and rural communities, schools, hospitals and government agencies that will require the help of competent social workers. Social work and licenses can even be transferred between U.S. states. This means that you can go through a social work program in one state, and get licensed in another. This usually isn't the case for many careers in the public service sector.

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Unique Opportunity

The vast majority of social workers in the United States are female. Nowadays, many agencies are actively looking for male social workers as they recognize that some of their male clients may not be comfortable working with a woman. If you're a man looking to get into social work, there could be many unique job opportunities that could be open to you in the next few years.


Many Professional Options

One of the wonderful things about earning a social work degree is that it doesn't lock you into one career path that has been mapped out for you beforehand. There are quite a few directions into which you can take this degree. From gerontology to mental health to community organizing, you have plenty of professional options that you can take after you graduate. You can even switch tracks mid-career. This is even easier to do if you further your education by looking into MSW programs. The social work degree is that flexible.

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Making a Difference

Social workers work on the front lines of societal change. Every day they go to work to change the fortunes of disenfranchised populations in the United States and abroad. Changing the world is in their job description.

From changing the world to spending less time in school, there are more than a few benefits to earning a social work degree. There are many U.S. universities that offer bachelor's and master's degrees in this field, encompassing dozens of specialties such as clinical practice, public advocacy and macro work. Choosing a program that has a variety of specialization options ensures that you have more choices after graduation.

Article contributed by Anita Ginsburg, a freelance writer based in Denver, Colorado in the USA.