SOCIAL WORK is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. Social Workers are people who care about people; who want to make things better, who want to relieve suffering, who want their work to make a difference.
Social workers serve individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. They are managers, supervisors, and administrators. They serve at all levels of government. They are educators. They are therapists and researchers. More and more, they are also elected political leaders and legislators.
The social work profession has its own body of knowledge, code of ethics, practice standards, credentials, state licensing, and a nationwide system of accredited education programs. These equip the professional social worker to combine the desire to help others with the knowledge, skill, and ethics needed to provide that help.
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB - General Licensing Information)