Social Worker

By Desiree McIntyre

What is Social Worker

Social workers help people in every stage of life cope with challenges, such as being diagnosed with a terminal illness and mental illness.
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Employed as a social worker

650,500 people are employed as social workers

Employment trends related to a social worker

Jobs related to a social worker are child welfare case worker, hospice and palliative care social worker, lastly a school social worker.

Job setting

Health educator, psychologist, rehabilist and etc are all related to a social worker because their group deals with emotional and behavioral problems.

General duties

  • Identify people who need help
  • Assess clients’ needs, situations, strengths, and support networks to determine their goals
  • Develop plans to improve their clients’ well-being
  • Help clients adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, such as illness, divorce, or unemployment
  • Research and refer clients to community resources, such as food stamps, child care, and healthcare
  • Help clients work with government agencies to apply for and receive benefits such as Medicare
  • Respond to crisis situations, such as natural disasters or child abuse
  • Advocate for and help clients get resources that would improve their well-being
  • Follow up with clients to ensure that their situations have improved
  • Evaluate services provided to ensure that they are effective

Specific duties

  • Diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders, including anxiety and depression
  • Provide individual, group, family, and couples therapy
  • Assess clients’ histories, backgrounds, and situations to understand their needs, as well as their strengths and weaknesses
  • Develop a treatment plan with the client, doctors, and other healthcare professionals
  • Encourage clients to discuss their emotions and experiences to develop a better understanding of themselves and their relationships
  • Help clients adjust to changes in their life, such as a divorce or being laid-off
  • Work with clients to develop strategies to change behavior or cope with difficult situations
  • Refer clients to other resources or services, such as support groups or other mental health professionals
  • Evaluate their clients’ progress and, if necessary, adjust the treatment plan

Hours of work required

Social workers generally work full time. They may sometimes work evenings and weekends to see clients or attend meetings.

Unusual number of hours


Qualifications of workers in this field

  • Health and Physical: none
  • Level of Education: Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology or sociology
  • 2 schools for a social worker: University of California-Los Angeles & University of Central Florida-Orlando

The Pay

Beginning salary: $26,00-$33,000

Average salary: $46,000-$55,000

Exceptional salary: $60,000

Expense you have to meet


Listening skills

Organizational skills

People skills

Problem-solving skills

Time-management skills

Benefits from this job

You will have a stronger desire to help others

Hazards of this job

Physical and verbal assaults, threats, and Violence


I wouldn't be interested in becoming a social worker because they deal with a lot of psychological and behavioral problems. Instead my career choice would be pharmacy because i want a stable job and i want to help people become well. I would also like to be a highly respected member of my community.


Bureau of labor and statistics



Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Social Workers,
on the Internet at (visited September 12, 2013).