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Social Work Careers

Career Description

Social Work Careers

Social workers are not a saintly breed of super humans who are more capable of empathy than the rest of us. In reality, social services is a highly demanding career and requires a lot of training - both of the mind and soul, since the most important part of being in this profession is staying non-judgmental. Even though this job is about improving the quality of life of people in the society, social workers may often find that the job demands “tough love” on a number of situations. Among the most demanding responsibilities of this job are ensuring protection for children in foster care, dealing with issues of foster families, counseling and protecting single mothers and assisting single dads.  Even with all the difficulties of the job, more and more people are choosing this field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the field of social work is expected to continue its upward trend and show a growth rate of almost 19.7 percent by the year 2020.

Educational Demands:

Anyone contemplating a Social Work Career needs to have at least a bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) from an accredited college or university.
Almost all of the degree courses are made up of theoretical discussions in the classroom and practical field experience. A bachelor’s degree mostly paves an individual’s way to entry-level positions in humanitarian projects and organizations. A master’s degree will help professionals get started in clinical work of a more demanding nature while a DSW or PhD is mostly useful for those pursuing teaching or research work as a profession.
As a result of the sensitive nature of social work careers, social workers generally require a license to practice. Licensing requirements may vary from state to state and between the different specializations in this career. For instance, obtaining a license to work as a counselor to victims of child abuse will require at least a master’s degree among other requirements.

Specializations:

There may be many specializations within social work career and social workers may work in: number of fields including:

  • Family Services;
  • Drug Abuse Centers;
  • Public Health and Policy;
  • Healthcare; and even
  • Mental Health Institutes.

 

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