Career Discovery Group
Social work is a career for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. The main goal of a social worker is to help people function
the best they can in their own environment and deal with any personal situation they are faced with. Job employment is expected to rise in the
next few years and the need for social workers dealing with children, family and school is expected to rise quicker than any other career need
Education and Training Requirements Duties and
To practice social work in the United States you are usually required to have a master’s or Responsibilities
bachelor’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education accredited
programs. Some states do allow people to receive a license with a bachelor’s degree in any The main focus of social workers is to help people
field. Having a bachelor’s degree in social work is usually the minimum that you can have to function the best they can in their environment, deal with
be eligible for a job as a social worker. Majors such as psychology and sociology can be their relationships, and solve personal and family
enough to qualify for entry level jobs. An advanced degree has become the new standard problems. They provide social services and provide
even though a bachelor’s degree is sufficient. An advanced degree will better prepare you as adequate support for any problems their clients have.
a researcher and educator in helping individuals, families and groups with their issues. A Social workers are to reflect the cultural and social norms
master’s degree in social work is becoming required for jobs in health settings, clinical work, of society in which they live. Some social workers work as
and public and private agencies. A doctorate is required for positions in college and psychotherapists, counselors, and mental health
university teaching. practitioners. Since the profession of social work began in
the 1800s there has been a debate of what exactly the
nature of the profession is. There was an argument that
social workers focus on social reform, political activism,
Lifestyle, Living Conditions, and systemic causes of poverty while others have said
Location, and Hours there should be direct practice. Give aid to individuals and
families that need it. It was believed in the early years of
Worked social work that services should be directed to individuals.
Now the community as a whole is being focused on.
Social workers are often associated with poor pay, inadequate
training, excessive case loads, and bad government policies.
These characteristics are not always valid, but they are true in
some situations. It tends to be true in lower income cities and Statistics on
areas. The work can be very satisfying, but it is also
emotionally draining. There is also an understaffing of social Employment and Salary
workers so large caseloads are common and can be stressful. Social work positions dealing with children, family,
Social workers work in a array of settings such as faith-based and school are expected to grow faster than the
organizations, community health organizations, non profit or average for all careers through 2014. In 2004 there
public social service agencies, grassroots advocacy were 562,000 jobs available for social workers in the
organizations and sometimes the military. United States. Within those jobs 9 out of 10 jobs
A full time social worker works an average of a 40 hour work were in health care, social assistance industries, and
week and some work evenings and weekends to meet with State and local government agencies. The
their clients. Social workers spend most of their time in an competition for work is highest in cities where the
office or residential facility and sometimes visit clients and demand for services is greatest. Job prospects are best
meet with service providers. There are part-time social for those social workers that have a background in
workers that are volunteers in nonprofit agencies. gerontology, the scientific study of aging and its
effects and substance abuse. There is an increase in
substance abusers and they are being placed into
Conclusion treatment facilities. As more of them are being placed
Jane Addams Co-founder of in treatment programs there will be an increase for
Social workers have an important role in their communities.
Hull House. Hull House was one the support of social workers.
They provide many services that help people cope with
of the first settlement houses that In 2004 average earnings of social workers ranged
problems they are facing. The support that social workers was founded where the practice of
offer varies immensely. There is a lot of stress that is from $33,000 to $40,000 a year. A child, family and
social work first began.
associated with social work. Most of it is unavoidable. The job http://:lynetteable.org
school social worker had made an average of
requires a lot of paper work and dealing with people on the $34,820. A medical and public health social worker
phone, but the satisfaction of helping people improve their earned an average of $40,080. A mental health and
lives outweighs the imperfections. In my research I tended to substance abuse social worker received an average
find that social workers themselves felt underappreciated and annual earning of $39,440 and the average of all
under paid. They provide numerous services and support for social workers was $39,440. 1 out of 5 social workers
their clients. Other jobs along the same lines of a social belong to a union. (Above information from
worker are counselors, probation officers, correctional www.bls.gov/oco/ocos060)
treatment specialists, psychologists, and social and human
services assistants. All of these occupations help to solve a
range of personal problems.
Citations When I was researching my information I used wikipedia,
socialworker.com, www.bls.gov, and The Social Worker
U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook magazine.
Handbook August 4, 2006