M.H.S.A. Social Worker

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker

What does this occupation include of? Job Description:

By being a mental health and substance abuse social worker, you help people get over the biggest hurdle that they have had in their lives. This can include having smoked tobacco or done drugs, getting over an alcohol problem, emotional issues, substance abuse problems and other troubles. In order to get over such issues, group or individual therapy, crisis intervention, case management and client advocacy are held. You are also suppost to educate people about the process of overcoming such an obstacle. Simply put, this type of a profession includes of hearing somebody's story and finding a way to help them become better people.
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Why Did I Chose This Career?

I chose this career mainly because it helps people while not involving blood, which I don't like to see. Additionally, my mother wants me to go into a medical job and I think this one is a good fit. I'm also a good listener so I would be able to help a person cope and get over something big in their life. I also feel that I am good at empathizing with others and their situations rather than sympathizing and will be determined to work on their issues. Being able to tell a personal story involves having trust in someone too. I am not one to share secrets or spread rumors. Sharing emotions can be hard, especially with a difficult past. I hope to help those people get over these events.

Salary:

The Following Information is based on an Annual Salary:

National:

Entry Level Workers- $31,740

Experienced Workers- $52,200

New York State:

Entry Level Workers- $34,550

Experienced Workers- $60,460

New York City:

Entry Level Workers- $33,120

Experienced Workers- $58,040

Job Oppurtunities:

The following information is based on data gathered in 2010:

Nationally:

126,100 employed

It is estimated that in 2020 165,600 people will be employed.

New York State:

10,670 employed

It is estimated that in 2020 12,760 people will be employed.

New York City:

4,960 employed

It is estimated that in 2020 6,070 people will be employed.

Conclusions from Above Information:

Overall the openings for this career is very favorable.

As shown from predictions about the year 2020, the openings for M.H.S.A. Social Workers increase in the country, state, and city. The reason of this increase is due to many people looking for help in their mental or substance problems. Additionally, new laws are being made that send drug users to treatment programs instead of jail.

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How Would you get Promoted?

In order to get a promotion, a masters degree, a bachelors degree in social work, and supervised work experience are required. By having such traits, you would have an advantage over some one who did not go to school as long or someone who has not been through as much involvement as you. As explained above this would take you all together from 6 to 10 years.

Benefits Provided by This Career:

By being a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker, along with many other jobs in health care it is the reward of helping others that benefits you the most. However, the large career opportunities give a wide range of options to work in. Job stability guarantees a job you can go to every day with flexible work schedules available. Additional benefits include of health care insurance, retirement benefits, paid vacations, and a faced paced environment to work in.