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Careers: Social Work

Social workers generally work to help people to overcome challenges and to live better lives. Often they connect people to available resources. For instance, they might help homeless people find shelters, place neglected children in foster care, provide support for people who are ill or who are taking care of someone who is sick, help those who are out of work find employment and access services like food stamps, teach classes on parenting skills, counsel troubled youth and those with substance abuse problems, etc.


Social workers often specialize in areas such as child welfare, mental health and substance abuse and medical and public health social work. Training begins with classes in social work at the undergraduate level. The Department of Social Work at MSU Denver offers a minor, certificate programs, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in social work. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

MSU Denver Social Work Department
PO Box 173362
Campus Box 70
Central Classroom 207
Denver, CO 80217
fax: 303-556-5362

Licensure & Average Income

Social workers need to be licensed and registered in the state in which they practice. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual income of social workers in 2008 was $43,120.

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