Social Worker

Alexis Matthews

Social Workers and What they Do ?

Social workers help people resolve and deal with problems in their lives. One group of social workers, clinical social workers, also analyze and handle mental, social, and emotional difficulties.

Where do Social Workers Work ?

Mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, and private practices. They generally work full time and need to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

How Do you Become One ?

Most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and two years of post-master experience. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.

Social Workers & their Pay

The median annual wage for social workers was $44,200 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of social workers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for health care and social services, but will vary by specialty.

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