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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Faculty of Social Work

Social Workers are helping professionals.  They use their knowledge, skills, training and life experience to promote: social change, problem solving in human relationships and engage in activities that enhance personal and community well being.

Key Skills & Knowledge

  • Active listening
  • Counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Critical reading
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Intercultural sensitivity / awareness
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Advocacy
  • Assessment 
  • Report writing
  • Research
  • Situational management
  • Statistical analysis
  • Stress management
  • Interviewing
  • Mediation
  • Documentation
  • Intervention and referral

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  •  Addictions Counsellor
  •  Advocacy Project Coordinator
  •  Art Therapist
  •  Behaviour Therapist
  •  Career & Employment Specialist
  •  Case Manager
  •  Case Worker
  •  Child Support Services Worker
  •  Child Welfare Officer
  •  Children and Family Counsellor
  •  City Planner
  •  Civic Reform Worker
  •  Clinical Social Worker
  •  Clinical Supervisor
  •  Community Access Worker
  •  Community Outreach Worker
  •  Contract Manager
  •  Corporate Foundation Worker
  •  Court Appointed Advocate
  •  Detention Care Worker
  •  Educational Therapist
  •  Elder Care Worker
  •  Eligibility Worker
  •  Equity Employment Officer
  •  Family Court Counsellor
  •  Family Enforcement Worker
  •  Family / School Liaison Worker
  •  Grant Writer
  •  Group Facilitator
  •  Hospice Worker
  •  Human Resources Consultant
  •  Human Resources Recruiter
  •  Human Rights Spokesperson
  •  In-Home Support Worker
  •  Intake Counsellor
  •  Labour Relations Specialist
  •  Life Skills Coach
  •  Lobbyist
  •  Parenting Coach
  •  Parole Officer
  •  Probations Officer
  •  Public Affairs Coordinator
  •  Public Relations Professional
  •  Rape Crisis Counsellor
  •  Recreation Therapist
  •  Relief Counsellor
  •  Research Assistant
  •  School Social Worker
  •  Senior Resource Coordinator
  •  Social Worker
  •  Veteran’s Affairs Coordinator
  •  Victim Services Worker
  •  Violence Prevention Coordinator
  •  Vocational Evaluator
  •  Volunteer Coordinator
  •  Youth Worker

Potential Industries

  • Government
  • School Boards / Education
  • Community Agencies
  • Residential Settings
  • Health Care
  • Community Health Teams
  • Crisis Centres
  • Counseling Agencies (Children, Youth, Family)
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Correctional Services & Agencies
  • Aboriginal Band Councils
  • Immigration & Cross Cultural Services
  • International Social Work
  • Shelters
  • Homelessness
  • Non-Profits & NGOs

Associations & Professional Development

Alberta College of Social Workers
The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) represents the social work profession in Alberta. It supports membership activities that promote skilled and ethical social work practice such as annual conferences and regional events. Under its auspices, ACSW members are able to meet around areas of interest such as children’s issues, gerontology, health and private practice.

Canadian Association of Social Workers
The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) was founded in 1926 after discussion at the 1924 American National Conference of Social Work in Toronto. At this meeting several Canadian social workers discussed the need for a Canadian professional social work association. Originally, social workers joined individually. Today, the CASW is has developed into a federated organization with 10 member organizations across the country. The CASW recently celebrated its 80 anniversary. 

International Federation of Social Work
The International Federation of Social Work (IFSW) is a global federation of national organisations of social workers (unions or associations). It is striving for social justice, human rights and social development through the development of social work, best practices and international cooperation between social workers and their professional organisations.

National Association of Social Workers
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 145,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

Did You Know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact
Faculty of Social Work, Professional Faculties Building Room 3256
T: 403.220-5942

Clubs on Campus:

Social Work Students' Association (SWSA)

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020