Careers with a Bachelor's in Social Work
Make a Difference in Your Community
By earning a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) from the University of Kentucky, you’re laying the foundation for a rewarding and impactful career. Whether you want to pursue graduate study or enter the workforce immediately, the skills learned from the B.A. in Social Work will equip you to be a compassionate, empathetic and effective change agent in a variety of settings.
The need for experienced social workers is growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average of 78,300 openings for social workers are projected each year over the decade, and overall employment of social workers is expected to grow 12% by 2030.1 UK’s CSWE-accredited online B.A. in Social Work program will prepare you for professional social work practice that has a substantial positive impact on the lives of those around you.
“Pace yourself and remember that self-care is important. Taking care of yourself first will allow you to make the best decisions and get the most out of college.”– Acaiya Timmons ’23 shares her advice for new College of Social Work students
Child, Family and School Social Workers
As a child, family and school social worker, you’ll be responsible for providing essential assistance to children and their families. This can include arranging adoptions and finding foster homes as well as advising teachers and addressing truancy in schools.
Social and Community Service Managers
If you work as a social and community services manager, you will be tasked with coordinating and overseeing programs that contribute to improving public well-being. They typically perform duties such as analyzing the effectiveness of programs, writing proposals for funding, and working directly with community members.
Additional roles for BASW graduates
Our recent graduates are working in hospitals, community-based non-profits, K-12 schools, universities, residential treatment programs, the criminal justice system, and more. Job titles could include:
- Social Work Case Manager
- Substance Abuse Social Worker
- Services Coordinator
- Social Services Director