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Social Work as a Career

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Social Work (Humanities/Social Science)

Social Work’s main goal is to work for the welfare of society, communities and individuals, especially for the underprivileged. Professionals who carry out the social work are termed as Social Workers. The field of social work spans across multiple career options.

Post 12th Grade

  • Eligibility for Bachelor degree:
  • 10+2 or equivalent with 40% - 55% marks

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)/ BA (Social Work)

  • Diploma/ Certification in Social Work
  • Diploma in Rural Management
  • Bachelor degree: 3 years
  • Diploma: 6 months to 2 years
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
  • University of Delhi, New Delhi
  • Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai
  • Xavier Institute of Labor Relations, Mumbai
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi
  • Banasthali Vidyapith, Jaipur
  • Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat

Internship in social work is as important a part of the curriculum as theory papers. This field is practice-oriented and this experience can only be gained if students learn to interact properly with individuals, groups and communities. You can also work as a Volunteer in NGOs, government agencies etc.

  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai offers scholarships for students
  • Rehab MSW Scholarship Program for the students of IGNOU MSW Program

Master of Social Work (MSW)/ MA (Social Work) - 2 years

  • BSW/ Graduation (any discipline) with 40% to 55% marks
  • Graduation (Social Science) gets preference

M.Phil. (Social Work)

  • MSW/ MA (Social Work) with 50% to 55% marks

Ph.D. (Social Work)

  • MSW
  • MA (Social Work)
  • M.Phil. (Social Work)
  • (with 50% to 55% marks in each of the degrees)
  • Empathy, Persuasion and Listening Skills Knowledge of community resources
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
  • Ability to get along with the team
  • Management Skills
  • Positive work attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Long-hour field work and extensive traveling
  • Organization skills
  • Social worker (Medical social worker, Psychiatric social worker, Family social worker)
  • Teacher and Researcher
  • Labor Welfare Specialist
  • Case manager/Public Policy advisor/Policymakers
  • Child protection officer
  • Public health administrator
  • Community development manager
  • Hospitals, Clinics and Counseling Centers
  • Prisons and Correction Cells
  • Education Sector
  • NGOs, Old Age Homes and Human Rights Agencies
  • Policy and Advocacy work
  • HR and MNCs
  • Community Development Projects, State and Local
  • Government Departments

The remuneration in this field mostly depends upon the organization in which one works, their experience and the area of work. One could get an initial pay of Rs. 7,000 to 9,000 per month depending on the organization, initially.


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