Social workers operate in a wide range of areas to help persons navigate difficult issues in their lives. They may engage in guidance, counseling, studying clients and making diagnoses of conditions or illnesses in order to solve problems and help clients operate optimally. They may also attempt to stimulate awareness of certain issues and push for changes and improvements in related policies, to better serve the public.
Social workers generally carry out the following duties:
Engage and communicate with clients, and vulnerable or at risk communities to determine their needs
Develop methods of support for individuals or communities in need of social assistance
Advocate for changes or improvements in public and private policies which ensure the well-being of clients
Direct persons to sources of help
Maintain contact with clients to monitor developments in their situations
Organize and maintain client documents and records
Offer psychotherapy services to clients to help them deal with their situations
In most cases a bachelor’s in social work (BSW) is required for social workers. However, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree in a specialized area of social work along with 2 years of supervised work experience in a clinical setting as well as licensing.
In order to test social workers effectively, employers usually administer the cognitive IQ test, the vocabulary test and the work ethics test this combination of testing ensures the evaluation of articulation, ethical code of conduct, problem solving and work ethic in high pressured occurrences usually found in the social worker's profession on a day to day.
2018 Median Pay
|$49,470 per year, $23.79 per hour|
Entry level qualification
|Bachelor's or Master's Degree|
Number of jobs in 2016
Expected Growth rate (2016 – 26)