Social Work Careers

A large group of Cincinnati social work students pose together outside a building on campus.

Social workers work with people facing challenging life situations including poverty, abuse, addiction, mental and physical illness and disability, loss, and unemployment. They work with individuals, families, and communities to overcome these challenges and restore their capacity for optimal functioning.


Our Mission

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program prepares students for entry-level generalist social work practice that is grounded in the values and knowledge base of the profession; that is responsive to the needs and opportunities of a diverse society; and that promotes individual, family, and community wellbeing through empowerment and social justice.

What is social work?

As defined by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the purpose of social work is to promote human and community well-being. 

What do social workers do?

According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), social workers help individuals, families, and groups restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning, and work to create societal conditions that support communities in need.

The NASW also says social workers help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges: poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, divorce, loss, unemployment, educational problems, disability, and mental illness. They help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families, and communities to cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday life.

Cincinnati Online’s Online Social Work program will challenge you to look inside to learn about yourself and then to look outside to find ways to be of service in the world. Are you ready?

Social Workers find rewarding careers in a variety of settings including:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Community mental health
  • Case management
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Drug and alcohol treatment facilities
  • Working with individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • Child welfare and human service agencies
  • Public policy
  • Elected office