Qualifications are also a factor in Social Work, and at least three years of training/college is normally required. This may also depend on state to state but there are several that have programs that you can have your record sealed (except for child abuse & murder).
Each state is different for example the state of Arizona & California requires a seven-years clean record. As you have a criminal record you leave yourself exposed to constant checks by authorities. There is however Troubled Youth programs as well as Women & Men’s facilities who like to hire people that have previously turned their life around.
It is certainly not helpful having something like this on your record as this will have to be disclosed and no doubt explained at every turn in your career when you are applying for a new role.
Afterall we should give everyone a second chance considering if they have gone through a correctional institution and we have embraced a non-judgemental approach to working with marginalised young people with complex issues. We all make mistakes but we need to see how we deal with this before we give people a second chance in an organisation or workforce before they enter back into society.