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Social Work isn't just about helping kids or families, it's a whole lot more.  

Social workers can work in child welfare, family counseling, corrections, community organizing, disability, gerontology, health, mental health, homeless, substance abuse, domestic violence and more.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a very strong labor market in social work, with a 2.4% increase in jobs per year plus a 10% turnover per year. The Missouri Department of Economic Development projects a 31% increase in social work jobs in the medical and psychiatric fields, a 42% increase in the Missouri elderly population by 2020 with a corresponding increase in jobs, and increased need for social workers to work in child sexual abuse and substance abuse treatment.

The BSW is fast becoming THE preferred entry level degree in human services.  It is the only undergraduate degree in the helping fields that allows BSW level licensure.  A student graduating with a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited school, such as Avila, is usually eligible for Advanced Standing in an MSW program.  This means the MSW is attainable in only one additional year of study - a real time and cost savings! 


Interested in shadowing an Avila BSW graduate at their job?

Contact Maureen.Carr@avila.edu phone 816.501.3641 to coordinate an appointment with a social work faculty member

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