Frequently asked questions

Q. What do social workers do?
Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers—clinical social workers—also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral and emotional issues. >>> more from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Q. Are there jobs available in social work?
One study predicts a critical shortage of social workers in the near future, particularly to serve the increasing needs of aging baby boomers. NASW's Workforce Studies includes information about a national survey of licensed social workers in the United States. To get an idea of jobs being posted, see job listings by "The New Social Worker."  Some social service agencies and professional organizations, such as the North American Association of Christians in Social Work post job opportunities on their web site.

Q. How much are social workers paid?
In many locations, starting salaries for social workers are similar to starting salaries for other service professions such as teachers. Information on social worker pay can be found at this Bureau of Labor Statistics site

Q. Is Bluffton University's social work program accredited?
Bluffton's social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Q. Do I need a license to work as a social worker?
Every state requires some form of legal regulation of social work practice. Ohio requires social workers to be licensed. A bachelor's degree in social work is needed to be eligible to apply for the license.

Q. How do I apply to the social work program and Bluffton University?
Submit the online application form for acceptance as a student at Bluffton University. You will then apply to the social work program in your sophomore year. Clear directions on the social work program application process is included in the Social Work Student Manual.