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Area of Study: Public and Social Services
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Public and Social Services
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Social Work

Social work is the science of hope

In Austin Community College’s Social Work Program, students gain essential knowledge and practical skills for the wide-ranging field of social work while also completing coursework that meets associate degree requirements and transfers toward a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution. Courses cover micro-, mezzo-, and macro-perspectives, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable populations.

Career Information

While most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and two years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice. Social work is a profession that helps individuals, families, and groups enhance their capacity to meet their personal and social needs. Social work provides opportunities to work as an advocate with diverse client systems on a local, state, national, and international level. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings, including schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, nursing homes, mental health clinics, military bases and hospitals, nonprofit agencies, substance abuse clinics, private practices, and government offices. ACC’s combination of broad-based social work learning and field experiences prepare students for careers helping to make a positive impact on people’s lives. 

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Job Titles & Career Information

Social and Community Service Managers
33.07 Hourly Wage 583 Currently Employed
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
583 Social and Community Service Managers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 10.12 % over the next four years.
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Child, Family, and School Social Workers
19.77 Hourly Wage 1758 Currently Employed
Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.
1758 Child, Family, and School Social Workers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.36 % over the next four years.
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Healthcare Social Workers
26.34 Hourly Wage 948 Currently Employed
Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.
948 Healthcare Social Workers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 10.34 % over the next four years.
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Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary
26.16 Hourly Wage 12803 Currently Employed
Teach courses in social work. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
12803 Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.21 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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Program Maps

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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.

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