Individuals who wish to enter a fast-growing field that will allow them to help others may want to consider enrolling in a campus-based or online college degree program in social work.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities for social workers are slated to grow by 16 percent over the next eight years, which is faster than the average for all other industries. While a bachelors degree is sufficient for many positions in this field, individuals who wish to work in health, school or clinical settings may be required to hold a masters degree.
Fortunately, many campus-based and online colleges are beginning to launch graduate programs in social work that can be fit into a busy schedule.
For example, a Maryland-based school recently awarded the first degrees for its masters of social work program, the Frederick News-Post reports. Students who enroll in this course of study are required to complete a graduate-level curriculum and a practicum, which was intended to give them hands-on experience before they enter the workforce.
Similar programs could help degree seekers land jobs in a variety of environments, including clinics, schools or hospitals.