Thank you for your interest in Social Work at Texas Tech University. The faculty welcome you to explore our website to learn more about our program and the profession.
What is Social Work?
Social Work is a profession dedicated to partnering with people to create change. It is set apart from other human-related disciplines by its person-in-envronment focus. That means that social workers have a dual orientation at all times - the individual and the environment.
Social workers are educated in a body of specialized knowledge and skills, while being committed to a core set of values. While different individuals or organizations may express these a little differently, they all share the same basic principles. Here in the TTU Social Work Program, we adhere to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. In that document, the organization identifies and defines six core values including service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.Those core values ground our professional practice as social workers. The code then goes on to guide and regulate our practice.
Professional social workers work in a great variety of different practice settings. Some of these include the broad areas of health, politics, policy, child welfare, school social work, mental health, aging, families, addictions, disabilities, corrections, administration, research, community organization and advocacy, homelessness, and many, many others. Social workers work for both public and private organizations.
Choosing a career in social work does not mean that you are taking a vow of poverty. While most social workers choose the profession for its intrinsic rewards, financial benefits also exist. According to a survey conducted by NASW in 2002, the median salary of NASW members working full-time was $49,500. Only 6% reported earning less than $30,000 per year and 11% reported earning more than $80,000.
In addition, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the social work profession is expected to continue to grow faster than the average rate for all occupations because of the increased need for health care and social services.
Did you know?
In Texas, similar to most other states in the U.S., you cannot refer to yourself as a social worker unless you are licensed by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners, which requires a degree in social work from an educational institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education as well as a passing score on a national exam.
Get your MSW at TTU!
Both standard and advanced admission programs are available, as well as full and part-time schedules. Our first cohort of 15 standard admission students began in fall 2015. Our first cohort of advanced admission students will begin in June 2016. You can learn more about the new program, including updates on our accreditation status with CSWE here.
To learn more about the profession and different fields of practice, check out some of these different social work organizations.