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Social Worker
“Here to help”
Social workers assist people by helping them cope with issues in their everyday lives, deal with their relationships, and solve personal and family problems.
Average Pay: $39,530    Qualifications: bachelor's degree
The Job
Child, family, and school social workers provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the well-being of families and the academic functioning of children. They may assist single parents, arrange adoptions, or help find foster homes for neglected, abandoned, or abused children.
Work Environment
Social workers usually spend most of their time in an office or residential facility, but they also may travel locally to visit clients, meet with service providers, or attend meetings.
College Majors
bachelor's degree in social work (BSW)
Minimum Qualifications
A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for entry into the occupation, but many positions require an advanced degree.
Personality traits helpful for this career
They must be able to handle responsibility, work independently, and maintain good working relationships with clients and coworkers.
Quick Facts
  • Employment is projected to grow much faster than average.
  • About 5 out of 10 jobs were in health care and social assistance industries and 3 in 10 work for State and local government agencies.
  • While a bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement, a master's degree in social work or a related field has become the standard for many positions.
  • Competition for jobs is expected in cities, but opportunities should be good in rural areas.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of child, family, and school social workers were $39,530 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $31,040 and $52,080. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,870, and the top 10 percent earned more than $66,430.
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Michael Washington
10/17/2010 7:11:07 P
this is my passion.
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