Social Worker

Nature of the Job

Social workers help children cope with challenges in there life. They protect vulnerable children and help families in need of assistance. They help parents find services, such as child care, or apply for benefits, such as food stamps. They intervene when children are in danger of neglect or abuse. Some help arrange adoptions, locate foster families, or work to get families back together. Clinical social workers provide mental health care to help children and families cope with changes in their lives, such as divorce or other family problems.

Environment

Although most social workers work in an office, they may spend time visiting clients. School social workers may be assigned to multiple schools and travel around the school district to see students.


Places that may employ a social worker:

-State and local government, excluding education and hospitals

-Health care and social assistance

-Educational services; state, local, and private

-Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and
similar organizations

How do you becme one?

Education:

-A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common requirement for entry-level positions.

- those in schools and in health care, frequently require a master’s degree in social work (MSW).


Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations:

-All states require clinical social workers to be licensed

-A minimum of 2 years or 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience after graduation

-Becoming liscened may vary by state


Important Qualities:

-Compassionate

-Interpersonal Skills

-Organizational

-Problem-Solving Skills

-Time-Managment Skills

Pay

-Educational services; state, local, and private $54,590

-State and local government, excluding education and
hospitals$44,370

-Health care and social assistance $36,130

-Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar
organizations $35,910


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

Job Outlook

Employment of child, family, and school social workers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Child and family social workers will be needed to work with families to strengthen parenting skills, prevent child abuse, and identify alternative homes for children who are unable to live with their biological families. In schools, more social workers will be needed due to rising student enrollments.

Similar Occupations

-Health Educators and Human Workers

-Mental Health Councelors and Marrige and Family Therapists

-Psychologist

-School and Carrer Counsolers