Social Worker

Mikayla Cochran; A-1

What does a Social Worker do?

Social workers are there when you need them. For example, if a kid is getting abused or if the family is below the poverty line, the social workers will come to the rescue and help out. Their main job is to improve the lifes of children, to make their lifes better.

Environment of a social worker

Social workers are employed in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, and private practices. They generally work full time and may need to work evenings, weekends, and holidays. The environment isn't that great for social workers. They see a lot of things that could scar them for life. But at the end of the day as long as the kid is happy the social worker is happy as well.

How do you become a social worker?

In order to start off as a social worker you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree as a caseworker or mental health assistant. Coursework in psychology, sociology, economics and political science are likely to be useful on the job. But if you are trying to get a job as a social worker in a school or health care environment, you will usually need a master's degree in social work. All states have licensing requirements to practice.

Pay for a social worker?

The median of a social workers hourly pay is $19.97. The median of a social workers annual pay is $41,530.

Job outlook

Between 2012-2022 the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects 15.1% employment for children and family social workers. That basically means there will be a lot more social workers in the future. 15.1% approximatley means 43,100 people. So, 43,100 more people will become a social worker before 2020 if their calculations are right.

Similar Occupations

Some similar jobs of a social worker are, counselors, mental health nurses, advice workers, physiatrists, etc.
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