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Social Work

Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. Social workers help people cope with issues in their everyday lives, deal with their relationships, and solve personal and family problems. Some social workers help clients who face a disability or a life-threatening disease or a social problem, such as inadequate housing, unemployment or substance abuse. Social workers also assist families that have serious domestic conflicts, sometimes involving child or spousal abuse.

Some social workers conduct research, advocate for improved services, engage in systems design or are involved in planning or policy development. Many social workers specialize in serving a particular population or working in a specific setting, such as a school, hospital, mental health facility or private practice.

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for entry into the occupation. Many positions require an advanced degree. NMC’s program is specifically designed to transfer to the bachelor’s degree program offered by Ferris State University at NMC’s University Center. Michigan and all other states have some licensure, certification, or registration requirement.

Job outlook

Employment for social workers is expected grow 22 percent between 2006 and 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects are expected to be favorable, particularly for social workers who specialize in the aging population or work in rural areas.

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