Social Worker

Sara Bernal Period 1

Job outlook

  • Employment is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020


  • Growth will do to an increase in demand


  • Number of jobs during 2010 were at 650,500 positions

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Career Details

  • Provide help to people solve or cope with problems in their everyday lives
  • Clinical social workers diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues


  • Generally work a full time schedule. They may work evenings and weekends to see clients or attend meetings.



  • Working locations may vary from schools to hospitals or clinics


  • The median wages (2011) $25.91 hourly, $53,900 annual




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Skills Required

  • Compassion
  • Listening skills
  • Organizational skills
  • People skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Time management skills

Education needed

  • A bachelor's degree is required for most direct service positions


  • Clinical social workers are however required to have a master's degree and obtain a license to practice

Advancement Opportunities and Related Jobs

  • Health Education
  • Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • School and Career Counselor
  • Social and Human Services Assistants
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
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