Social Worker

Saya Hadden

Occupation of a social worker:

Social working is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well being. Social working aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems.

Working conditions:

  • Social Workers experience intense and emotionally draining situations such as taking children away from their parents because they are unfit to provide for the children.

Social workers experience working in:
  • Mental Health Clinics
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Settlement Houses
  • Private Practices
  • Community Development Cooperation
  • Child Warfare & Human Services

Training and Education requirements:

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree
  • Some entry level positions may also accept candidates with a bachelors degree in psychology, sociology or other related fields.
  • A bachelors degree is a minimum degree required for entry level employment in social work.
  • Students in Bachelors of social work programs need to complete a specific number of hours in a social-work practicum.

Job outlook

  • The demand of social working is expected to increase 19% from 2012 to 2022.

Salary Range By Social Work Specialty:

  • Median pay annual: $44,200 (2012)
  • Median pay hourly: $21.25 (2012)