Career Landscape


A social work degree prepares professionals with the knowledge and skills to partner with and empower individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in promoting health and well-being, through the provision of psychosocial services and advocacy.

According to the US Department of Labor, between 2014 -2024, the employment demand for social workers is expected increase 12% and this demand is higher than for all other occupations due to increased need for health care and social services (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook).

Social workers work in a variety of settings including:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Treatment
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Military & Veterans’ Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Aging Services
  • Criminal Justice
  • Advocacy,
  • Public Policy
  • Business & Industry

While the profession provides opportunities for a range of specialty areas, all social workers are bound by a Code of Ethics valuing the dignity and worth of the individual, service, social and economic justice and human rights. At the Baccalaureate level, social workers are prepared for generalist level practice. At the graduate level, MSW students are prepared for advanced level practice.

The Bachelor of Science in Social Work prepares students to study, confront and tackle some of society’s most demanding problems.

Our unique combination of classroom and real-world internship experiences prepare students to serve individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Students have access to a vast network of area providers where they gain experience delivering services. Internship settings include: community-based social service organizations, hospitals, outpatient health clinics, schools, and many others. Within these settings, students may tailor their interests to a variety of populations including families, children, adults, older adults, and more. The program also provides international opportunities to study abroad in locations such as Costa Rica, Ireland, and Puerto Rico, and Vietnam.

Graduate Level

Master of Social Work

Students earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from SUNY Brockport are eligible to apply to our MSW program.

Full time and part-time plan of study options are available.