Are you the kind of person who wants to help people change their lives for the better? Consider the related programs of Substance Abuse Counseling and Social Work, both offered with a variety of degree and certificate options at Eastfield College.

Social Work At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Social Work jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

1 This job may require a bachelor's degree or higher.
Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

What Does a Social Worker Do?

The diverse field of social work includes many types of jobs that all have one thing in common: to help people improve their lives in some way. The field includes direct-service social workers, who help people with everyday problems such as job search or applying for government aid, and licensed clinical social workers, who address mental health problems and addictions. Both work in a variety of settings that include government agencies, schools, hospitals and nonprofit organizations.

Social Services Careers

Careers in social services are challenging but incredibly rewarding. Our dual program emphasis in Substance Abuse Counseling and Social Work ensures that you’ll learn both the theory and the practical skills necessary for your future career.

Why is This a Good Career Bet?


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy – nearly one-third of the total increase – through 2024.

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth increase through 2024 in Texas of 17 to 25 percent for various social work positions, and 30 percent for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors. 

Read more about Social Work careers and Substance Abuse Counseling careers.

Degree and Certificate Options in Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling

Eastfield College

Eastfield College is the only one of the seven colleges of DCCCD to offer the Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling programs.

Find out more about degrees and certificates in Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling.

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit