U.S. demographics have changed dramatically since Simmons became the nation's first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers in 1904; however, a century later, the demand for skilled clinical social workers, intelligent advocacy, and effective leadership is just as compelling.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, social work employment is projected to grow through 2022, faster than average for all occupations. The aging baby boom generation is driving the demand for gerontology social workers. Likewise, the need for social workers specializing in substance abuse, mental health, healthcare, and medical and public health is predicted to rise.

 

Graduates of Simmons's School of Social Work are among the most prepared and sought-after professionals ready to meet these needs.


Where They Landed

A sampling of first jobs for recent SSW graduates

  • Clinical Social Worker in the emergency department of Boston Children's Hospital
  • Social Work Supervisor at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
  • Clinical Social Worker at HEARTH, Inc., a Boston-based supportive housing organization for formerly homeless and at-risk elders
  • Director of LGBT Services at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Division of Student Life
  • Behavioral Health Policy Analyst for the Council of State Governments Justice Center in New York City
  • Clinical Social Worker at the Veterans' Administration Boston Health Care System
  • Boston Clinical Social Worker at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Breast Clinic
  • Fellow, Ruderman Fellowship in Gerontological Social Work at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Clinical Social Worker, Smart Team, South End Community Health Center
  • Mental Health Clinician, AIDS Action Committee, Boston
  • Clinical Social Worker, The Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights
  • School Social Worker, Victor School, Justice Resource Center
  • Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital, Post-graduate fellowship program
  • Clinical Social Worker, MGH/Chelsea Health Center
  • Coordinator for Mobile Crisis Services/HES in Haverhill, Massachusetts
  • College Counselor in the Simmons College Counseling Center
  • Medical Social Worker in Cardiology at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Addictions Specialist at the North Charles Institute for the Addictions in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Clinical Social Worker, El Futuro, Durham, North Carolina
  • Founding Director of the Matahari: Eye of the Day, a Boston-based organization that helps create community solutions to end human trafficking and gender violence

Near 40 percent of Simmons social work students are offered jobs by at least one of their internship sites.