Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent by 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, due to increased demand for health care and social services.

Robust areas of social work employment

  • Child welfare
  • Direct services
  • Gerontology
  • Medical/public health
  • Veterans and military
  • Justice and corrections
  • Schools
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Emerging areas of social work

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  • Adolescent health
  • Corporate social work
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Environmental crises

3 Career Advantages CSSW Offers

  • A dedicated career services office.
  • The highest pass rate for the social work licensing (LMSW) exam in the tri-state (New York-New Jersey-Connecticut) area.
  • A network of 16,000+ alumni who can help with job leads.
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Melanie Chery (MSW’15): “Thanks to my social work training, I am running trauma healing programs for genocide survivors and perpetrators in Rwanda through an international organization called Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities.”

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Frank Cohn (MSW’06): “I founded my own organization called Global Potential, which facilitates events with youth organizations in the developing world. I originally developed the idea as a project in my CSSW class on program planning.”

Testimonial of Columbia University student Sasha

Sasha Diamond-Lenow (MSW’09): “I work at Street Squash in Harlem, helping young people by giving them access to sports as well as a range of social services. I love being able to combine my social work training with my interest in athletics. I am also the field supervisor for CSSW interns.”

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Samantha Fogel (MSW’15): “I chose the Social Enterprise Administration option. It was the perfect platform for me to learn how to leverage human resources to drive transformative change. Upon graduation, I was offered a position as a Learning and Development Analyst at Barclays Investment Bank, where I design global leadership and learning programs for employees.

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Emily Ball Jabbour (MSW’06): “Right out of school, I found a job working as a Social Science Research Analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in the Administration for Children and Families. On a daily basis, I use a combination of my clinical and policy social work skills, including reflective listening, consensus building, policy analysis, and program evaluation.”

Testimonial of student at Columbia University

Laura Luciano (MSW’15): “I had my second-year field placement at Riverdale Mental Health Association and loved it from the very beginning. They have now hired me. I am so excited.”

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Jenna Tutjer (MS’06): “I started up an Achievement Initiative within CSSW, with funding from the New York State Education Department’s Liberty Partnership Program. We partner with Harlem high schools to provide dropout prevention programming.”

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Joseph Williams (MSW’15): “I was hired as a full-time social worker at Brooklyn Defender Services, which is where I did my first-year field placement. We provide legal representation to 45,000 people each year who have been charged with crimes or are facing child welfare proceedings but are too poor to afford an attorney.”