Careers in social work

Shane Calder speaking into a microphone outdoors
Shane Calder (BSW 2006) is the coordinator of client education at AIDS Vancouver Island.

What can I do with a degree in social work?

Social work is a global profession founded on social justice, and addresses broad social issues such as poverty, child welfare, health care, human rights and the environment. It emphasizes development of individual and collective strengths, skills and resources to enhance well-being of families and communities.

Some career options for social work graduates

  • Abuse/crisis counsellor
  • Addictions counsellor
  • Adoptions worker
  • Agency administration
  • Child and youth worker
  • Child protection worker
  • Clinical social worker
  • Corrections (probation officer, etc.)
  • Employment counsellor
  • Family support worker
  • Health care social worker
  • Intake worker
  • Mental health worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Policy analyst/advisor
  • School-based counsellor

Additional education and training may be required.

More information from UVic Co-op + Careers (pdf)

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Meet our alumni

Chelsea Kelly

Family Development Worker
Hulitan Family and Community Services

Chelsea works with parents whose children are in the temporary care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development. She meets with each parent a minimum of twice a week to help them establish and follow through on their goals, as well as engage in intensive self-discovery and healing to support them with long-term success in their parenting role. Read more

Social Work - BSW (2015)

Brian Garvin

Child Protection Social Worker
BC Ministry of Children and Family Development

Brian works on the Family Services team providing long-term support, supervision, and interventions for Ministry involved families. Read more

Social Work - BSW (2016)

Tasha E. Novick

MSW (Advance Program) student
University of Victoria

Tasha is registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers with Authorization to Perform Psychosocial Interventions. Her practice interests include mental health, substance use, gender, (dis)ability, stigma, homelessness, trauma-informed care, harm reduction, activism, and self-care, all through an anti-oppressive practice foundation. Read more

Social Work - BSW (2011)

Shane Calder

Coordinator of Client Education
AIDS Vancouver Island

Shane coordinates community development, education and leadership training programs for clients of the AIDS Vancouver Island needle exchange, providing opportunities for highly stigmatized and criminalized people to connect with community, support each other and collectively learn about the myriad of issues effecting those surviving the War on Drugs. Shane also coordinates Street College. Read more

Social Work - BSW (2006)