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The role of a social worker varies a bit by setting. Despite the variable roles, some skills and qualities are consistently needed.
This work can be scary, as it is about people’s lives. I am happy to have this opportunity to tell you some things I wish someone had explained to me when I started working as a child protective services worker.
Every social worker is uniquely qualified to help people right in their own environment, by considering the impact of all the different aspects of that person’s life and working to ensure that person’s well-being, prevent crises, and to counsel individuals, families, and communities to get people the help they need from the best resources available.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. The profession is expected to grow by 25% between 2010 and 2020. More than 650,000 people currently hold social work degrees.
Are you looking for a career that is rewarding yet challenging? Do you want to contribute to society by helping people overcome difficulties and improve their lives?
Social Workers are usually employed in hospitals, community health centers, mental health clinics, schools, advocacy organizations, government departments, social service agencies, child welfare settings, family service agencies, correctional facilities, social housing organizations, family courts, employee assistance programs and private counselling, school boards, and consultation agencies.