Overview

A bachelor's degree is required to become a substance abuse social worker. This should be in social work, but it may be possible to obtain an entry-level job with a degree in sociology or psychology. Many jobs require an advanced degree such as a master's degree in social work. A doctorate in social work would be necessary to teach at a university, or conduct research.

In the United States, every state requires social workers to be certified in some way. Most states require two years or 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience.

A substance abuse social worker must understand the principles and methods of diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. They must understand human behaviour, personality, interests, research methods, individual differences in ability, and learning and motivation. Substance abuse social workers would have to increase their knowledge by reading literature, undertaking research, and attending seminars, workshops, or classes.

What are Substance Abuse Social Workers like?

Artistic

Based on our pool of users, substance abuse social workers tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Substance Abuse Social Workers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 56 Sokanu users

Are Substance Abuse Social Workers happy?

18%Happy

Substance abuse social workers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 18th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Substance Abuse Social Worker Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Substance Abuse Social Workers

The most common degree held by substance abuse social workers is Psychology. 14% of substance abuse social workers had a degree in psychology before becoming substance abuse social workers. That is over 2 times the average across all careers. Social Work graduates are the second most common among substance abuse social workers, representing 11% of substance abuse social workers in the Sokanu user base, which is 22.9 times the average.

Substance Abuse Social Worker Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Substance Abuse Social Worker, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of substance abuse social workers % of population Multiple
Psychology 14.3% 6.7% 2.1×
Social Work 10.7% 0.5% 22.9×
Film Editing 1.8% 0.1% 18.6×

Substance Abuse Social Worker Education Levels

72% of substance abuse social workers have a master's degree. 16% of substance abuse social workers have a bachelor's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 4%
Associate's degree 7%
Bachelor's degree 16%
Master's degree 72%
Doctorate degree 1%

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