MSW stands for Master of Social Work, an advanced degree that takes from one to two years to complete. After earning their degree, students can find work in a wide range of fields. Some MSWs serve as therapists, policy-makers, or adoption counselors. Others work on issues like homelessness, veterans' affairs, domestic violence, or women's health. Still others work as liaisons between ordinary citizens and large, complicated organizations--for example, MSWs at hospitals often help patients find visiting nurses, nursing homes, hospice care, and so forth. It's impossible to list all the areas in which they work, since they can be found in almost any setting in which people need help.

Bad MSWs can count themselves among the most useless and stupid human beings on the planet. Good MSWs can enrich and improve lives beyond measure.