Professional Organizations for Students Interested in Social Services Careers

According to the Vault Career Guide to Social Services Jobs, “The U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment in social assistance will grow by 10 percent through 2024, which is faster than the average for all other occupations. Employment of social workers in all areas will grow faster than the average in the coming years, with an overall rise of 12 percent.” For students interested in exploring careers in counseling, community engagement, and service administration, consider engaging with the following professional associations:

The American Counseling Association represents professional counselors in various settings.
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Tel: (800) 347-6647
E-mail: membership@counseling.org
https://www.counseling.org

The American Psychological Association provides information on careers in social services, job listings, and educational programs.
American Psychological Association (APA)
Tel: (800) 374-2721
http://www.apa.org

The Association for Community Organization and Social Administration provides membership services for community organizers, nonprofit administrators, activists, policy practitioners, and other related professionals.
Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA)
Tel: (708) 757-4187
E-mail: office@acosa.org
http://www.acosa.org

The National Association of Social Workers provides advocacy, educational programs, publications, and other resources for social workers.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Tel: (202) 408-8600
E-mail: membership@socialworkers.org
http://www.socialworkers.org

This alliance of colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations prepares undergraduates for careers with youth and human services agencies.
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA)
Tel: (816) 561-6415
E-mail: info@nonprofitleadershipalliance.org
https://www.nonprofitleadershipalliance.org/

This post was adapted from content found in the Vault Guide to Social Services Jobs, by Vault Careers.

By Ana Clara Blesso
Ana Clara Blesso Associate Director, Career Coaching & Experiential Learning Ana Clara Blesso