Fields of Social Work from A to Z



I am on a mission to eliminate the old, narrow view of social work and promote the expansive diversity, opportunity, and career fields available to those with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work.

I’m also the professor who assigns group projects. We all love group projects right LOL? The completion of this blog post will be a group project.

Every now and again I like to challenge myself. I had the brilliant idea to show the variety of options a social work degree offers by creating a list of 26 fields of social work – from A to Z. It was challenging to think of occupations that begin with certain letters, so coming up with fields of social work that begin with certain letter resulted in me asking for your contributions.

What social work career field begins with the letters K, Q, W. X, Y, and Z? Please feel free to share your suggestions…we’re in this thing together!

A – Agricultural Social Work

B – Bioethical Social Work

C – Corporate Social Work

D – Development and Fundraising

E – Environmental Social Work

F – Forensic Social Work

G – Gerontology

H – Higher Education

I – International Social Work

J – Juvenile Justice Social Work

K – ???

L – Labor Movement Social Work

M – Military Social Work

N – Nephrology Social Work

O – Occupational Social Work

P – Public Health Social Work

Q – ???

R – Reproductive Justice Social Work

S – Sports Social Work

T – Tribal Social Work

U – Urology Social Work

V – Veterinary Social Work

W – ???

X – ???

Y – ???

Z – ???

Are you currently working in or planning to learn more about a specific field listed?

Although I couldn’t complete the alphabetical list alone, I can help you release any limiting beliefs you may have about what you can do with your social work degree. Apply to On My Terms leadership coaching package to move beyond societal and self-imposed restrictions and step into expansiveness and possibility.

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Nicki Sanders, MSW, supports high-performing women of color in social work leadership in developing careers that feed their hearts, minds, and wallets. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams, volunteer recruitment and retention, and social impact programming. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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