Social worker

Lynette Marquez

Duties

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

Hours/Schedule & Working Location

Generally work full time. Sometimes work evenings and weekends to see clients or attend meetings.

  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Community mental health clinics
  • Private practices
  • State and local governments
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Substance abuse clinics

Salary & Education

  • $40,210 for child, family, and schools social workers
A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) for child, family, and schools social workers at aurora university

Skills

Compassion. Social workers often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Listening skills. Clients talk to social workers about challenges in their lives. To effectively help, social workers must listen to and understand their clients’ needs.

Organizational skills. Helping and managing multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment, requires good organizational skills.

People skills. Being able to work with different groups of people is essential for social workers. They need strong people skills to foster healthy and productive relationships with their clients and colleagues.

Problem-solving skills. Social workers need to develop practical and innovative solutions to their clients’ problems.

Time-management skills. Social workers often have many clients. They must manage their time well to provide adequate service to all of their clients.

Job Outlook & Advancement Opportunities

Employment of child, family, and school social workers is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020

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