According to Occupational Outlook Handbook, social work jobs are expected to increase by 22 percent between 2009 and 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. One of the appealing aspects of a career in social work is the vast array of opportunities available. A social worker can provide a variety of services, including individual and group counseling to children, adolescents, families, adults, or the elderly and can be employed in a state agency, a community agency, a hospital, a psychiatric center, a military base, a veterans' hospital, a school, a prison, or a private practice setting.
The College of Social Work at FSU Panama City offers an undergraduate (BSW) social work program that is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Efforts are made to schedule classes two days a week to accommodate work, family, and travel needs. Students may choose to attend full or part time.
Preparation for a career in social work includes coursework and field experience. BSW students complete a carefully selected agency field internship which provides students with the opportunity to put into action both the conceptual and practice aspects of social work that relate to their area of interest. Students are placed in agencies in their home area whenever possible.