University of Vermont

CESS Social Work Major

Social Work

Alumni with degrees in Social Work pursue a wide variety of careers, both directly and indirectly related to their course of study. The program has received accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education since 1977. This is a representative sample of job titles from recent UVM alumni who majored in Social Work.

Job Title

Career Industry

Elementary Teacher, All Grades Elementary Education
Academic Advisor Higher Education
Adoption Social Work Adoption
Assistant Attorney General State Government
Behavior Therapist Mental and Behavioral Wellness
Career Services Coordinator Higher Education
Case Manager Social Work
Family Counselor Social Work
Family Counselor Mental and Behavioral Wellness
Prison Rape Elimination Act Training Coordinator State Government
School-Based Clinician Social Work
Youth Director Religious Services

Recent Employers

AmeriCorp Counsel of Aging
Epilepsy Foundation of Florida Harvard Business School
Howard Center for Human Services Lund Family Center
Simmons College State of Vermont
United States Government

Transferable Skills

In addition to the specialized material you study in your major, you will also gain useful transferable skills. Remember: it is essential to be able to articulate the skills you have gained.

Examples of transferable skills fostered while majoring in Social Work

Critical Thinking Skills

Leadership and Administration Skills

Communication Skills

Reaching new conclusions from comparative study
Good conflict management skills
Analyzes social policies and problems
Creates innovative solutions

Ability to work well under pressure
Advocates for clients
Recruits and supervises volunteers
Gives clear directions

Writing grant proposals
Ability to speak clearly to groups
Good written communication skills
Interprets verbal and non-verbal behavior

Research and Investigation Skills

Design and Planning Skills

Information Management Skills

Interviewing skills
Recruiting research subjects
Gathering and examining data
Conducting field research
Surveying and sampling

Planning and implementing long term projects
Develops action plans to solve problems creatively

Maintaining organized records
Organizing materials and records
Summarizes and interprets professional literature

Interpersonal Skills

Skills and Assessing Values

Specialized Skills

Understanding group dynamics
Interpreting human interactions
Ability to work collaboratively with a group of colleagues
Brainstorming on a team to reach solutions

Recognizing cultural differences and similarities
Working with diverse groups of people
Identifying individual and group value systems
Sensitive to the needs of others

Intervention skills
Ability to assess community programs and work as a liaison within the community


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