Patience, understanding and a strong desire to help others are valued characteristics of people working in the human services field. Human services workers usually work under the direction of professionals from a variety of fields such as nursing, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitative or physical therapy or social work. They provide direct and indirect client services. They assess clients’ needs and help them obtain services for a variety of populations in need. Populations include, but are not limited to, persons with physical disabilities, emotional and behavioral problems, mental retardation, learning disabilities, substance abuse problems, legal concerns, and mental illness. They may also organize and lead group activities, assist clients in need of counseling or crisis intervention. They may work with adolescents with substance abuse and/or behavioral problems.
MCC’s Social Work Program
- A two-year Associate of Arts (AA) degree emphasis for those who want to transfer their MCC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university.
NOTE: Although some social workers only need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and 2 years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.
The link under Degrees Awarded (below) specifies our program course requirements.
Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa
MCC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable MCC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at MCC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the MCC Admissions Office for more information!
Social Work Careers & Job Outlook
Social workers are employed in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, settlement houses, community development corporations, and private practices. The median annual wage for social workers was $47,980 in May 2017, and the job outlook calls for 16% growth, much higher than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for healthcare and social services, but will vary by specialization.
Follow these links to find additional up-to-date career and salary information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook website:
- Social Workers
- Health Educators & Community Health Workers
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Rehabilitation Counselors
- School & Career Counselors
- Social & Community Service Managers
- Social & Human Service Assistants
- Substance Abuse, Behavior Disorder & Mental Health Counselors