What Social Workers Do
Social workers help people
solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social
workers—clinical social workers—also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and
emotional issues. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings,
including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service
agencies, hospitals, community development corporations, and private practices.
How to Become a Social Worker
Although most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and 2 years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.
Pay - Job Outlook
The median annual wage for social workers was $45,900 in May 2015. Employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent by 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for healthcare and social services, but will vary by specialty.