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Professional social workers aim to build and maintain social conditions that help individuals, groups, and communities to function and succeed.  The practice requires firsthand knowledge of human behavior, insight into social, economic, and cultural issues, and the ability to create a web of security that benefits those in need.

Here are six fast facts about the social work profession:

Social workers are highly trained professionals.  A bachelor's or masters, social work degree-with a minimum  number of hours in supervised fieldwork-is needed to become a professional social worker from an accredited school from the Council on Social Work Education.  In the state of Indiana, there are 5849 licensed social workers.

Professional social workers are the nation's largest providers of mental health services.  According to government sources, social workers deliver 70 percent of mental health services.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics shows social work is one of the nation's fastest growing careers.  The need for social work services is expected to increase by 30 percent by 2010.  In the United States, nearly 600,000 people hold degrees in social work in the United States.

Nationally, more than 170 social workers have been elected to public office nationwide.

More than 40 percent of mental health volunteers trained by the Red Cross for mental health support are social workers.

You'll find social workers in every facet of community life-they often specialize in one or more of the following areas.

Mental Health
Military Social Work
Adoption and Foster Care
Family Preservation Services
Eating Disorders
Employment Services
Senile Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Community Mental Health
Private Practice
Prenatal Services
Disaster Relief
Child Abuse and Neglect
Political Development
Public Welfare
Medical/Health Care Services
Family Planning
Community Based Services
Addiction Prevention
Outpatient Treatment
Rural Social Work
Child Welfare Services
Homeless Family Assistance
Chronic Pain
Community Development
Advocacy, Consulting and Planning
Social Policy
Health/Hospital Social Work
Veterans Services
Domestic Violence
Parent Education
Criminal Justice
Developmental Disabilities
Employee Assistance
Housing Assistance
Public Office