A thorough knowledge of services and superlative people skills contribute to the success of a social worker in any context. Social workers are trained to help individuals with distressing problems be it an illness or complex social problem. While this work is often seen as being urban, there are many opportunities in rural areas. Social workers are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, agencies, schools, businesses, community centers, correction facilities, and clinics.
A social worker's particular focus may change throughout his or her career. While most social workers find direct service to be gratifying, others find satisfaction in administration and social policy and planning. Throughout his or her career, a social worker's focus is likely to change several times, combining different skill sets.
Facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
|Quick Facts: Social Workers|
|2014 Median Pay||$45,500 per year
$21.88 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||See How to Become One|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||649,300|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||12% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||74,800|
Here is a list of some general practice areas:
- Clinical social workers
- Child welfare or family services
- Child or adult protective services
- Mental health
- Health care
- Education, schools
- Substance abuse
- Criminal justice
- Social policy and planning
Have a Social Work Related Job Opportunity to Share?
If you are an employer and would like to post a social work related job with our department, fill out our employer submissions form. Submissions will be reviewed and posted on the department social media sites and bulletin boards in Pettee Hall.
Contact Emilie Cilley at email@example.com for any questions.