Occupational profiles of graduates

Social work is work for and with individuals. The career opportunities in the social work landscape have expanded dramatically over the past decades. With a solid and broad basic education, you have opened doors to the practice of social work. There are numerous options for putting to use this well-founded and internationally-recognised education. The applications involve all working fields in which people are supported in specific life circumstances.

Typical fields of activity or professional areas include:

  • Children, youth and families (Youth centres, counselling offices, community work etc.)
  • Health
  • Jobs and education
  • Migration and integration
  • Material security
  • Working with seniors
  • School or company-based training work
  • Delinquency (probationary services etc.)
  • Working with people in difficult circumstances (crisis intervention)
  • Prevention work
  • International social work
  • Development cooperation

New fields of activity:

Social skills are becoming increasingly important for professional careers in all sectors. Specialists in social work can position themselves in new fields and compete successfully:

  • Business social work
  • Human resources management and development
  • Adult education and coaching
  • Team building
  • Citizen involvement processes and community work

Access to further studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (BA) degree qualifies you for further studies in a master's degree programme at a university of applied sciences or university.

At Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FH Vorarlberg), we offer you a part-time master's degree programme Social Work which gives you a deeper specialist education with the option to study:

  • Clinical social work and
  • Intercultural social work.

After graduating from the master's degree programme, you receive the Master of Arts in Social Sciences (MA) academic degree. From there, you have the option to pursue a doctoral degree at a university.

The master's degree programme International Management and Leadership at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FH Vorarlberg) qualifies you for complex leadership tasks in international and intercultural business environments (programme language is English, at least two years`professional experience are mandatory).

Contact Social Work part-time BA

Stephanie Pfanner
Advice & Registration — Social Work BA

+43 5572 792 5308

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Dipl. Soz. Arb. (FH) Viktoria Reuschel-Richter
Programme Director Social Work BA

+43 5572 792 5311

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Do you need further advice? We are pleased to answer your questions and give you further information personally.

Service Hours:
Full-time programme: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
(or individual appointment)

Part-time programme: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday 2:00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
(or individual appointment)