Social Worker

Learn all about what I want to do! By: Brooklynn Norman

Who We Are/What We Do

Social Workers are people who care about others, they want to make things better, they want to relieve suffering and want their work to make a difference. Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Social workers are employed in a lot of different settings. Including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, settlement houses, community development corporations, and private practices. They usually work full time and may need to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Educational Requirements

Most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and 2 years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice. The undergraduate degree is the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). Graduate degrees include the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) or PhD. An MSW is required to provide therapy.

What Colleges Offer Social Work

  • Boston University
  • New York City University
  • Syracuse University
  • University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

What's Our Salary Range and Growth?

The median annual wage for social workers was $45,500 in May 2014. Since then it has gone up since the demand for social workers are becoming more common.
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