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Social Workers

Social Workers
Quick Facts : Social Workers*
2010 Median Pay$42,480
Entry Level Education              

           
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012650,500
Job Outlook25% (Faster than average)
Employment Change161,200


There are two main types of social workers: direct-service social workers, who help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives, and clinical social workers, who diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

What Social Workers Do

There are two main types of social workers: direct-service social workers, who help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives, and clinical social workers, who diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

Work Environment

Social workers work in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, hospitals, and private practices. They generally work full time and may need to work evenings and weekends.
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Job Outlook

Employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be due to an increase in demand for health care and social services but will vary by specialty.
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Pay

The median annual wage of social workers was $42,480 in May 2010.
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Social Workers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Social Workers

42480

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

29680.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Social Workers*
Percent Change in Employment

Social Workers

24.7809

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

19.979913332245566

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Social Workers

A bachelor's degree is required for most direct-service social work positions, but some positions and settings require a master's degree. Clinical social workers must have a master's degree. Licensure for social workers varies by state. Clinical social workers must be licensed.
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