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Social Services & Behavioral Health

Social workers help people who are struggling. They offer strategies and plans to improve the lives of children and families, the elderly, people with substance abuse challenges, the poor – anyone who needs a helping hand. 

To be successful in Social Services occupations means being empathetic – you can understand someone else’s feelings, and want to help them. The ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing also is important, as is an appreciation of diversity of thought, background and circumstance. Most important: You need to care.

At Pima, you will learn about service delivery, community outreach and intervention – the building blocks of social work – as well as crisis intervention, youth programs and group facilitation.

Social workers get jobs in a variety of places, such as mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, and community organizations. Increasingly, large corporations are employing social workers in their Human Resources departments, because they possess the interpersonal skills that are critical to providing effective services to employees.

Great job prospects

The rate of job growth for Social Workers in Pima County through 2029 is 40%. The Pima County overall job growth rate is 16.9 percent. Source:  Arizona Career Information System
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List of Degrees

AA - Associate of Arts   AAS - Associate of Science

List of Certificates

Contact Information

Division of Social Sciences
Dean: 520.206.3375
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