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SOCIAL WORKER, IN-DEPTH: You Can Use This Degree To Help Individuals Or Affect Policy

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Alysa, a Social Worker who also serves as the Membership Coordinator for the National Association of Social Workers, describes why she went into social work, some of its opportunities and challenges, and how hard it is to get a job in her field. It's a very versatile degree; you can work with many different people and policies at all levels.

Degree: Social Work
Job Title: Social Worker/Membership Coordinator
Employer: NASW

Job Summary: Social Workers, All Other

Job Description

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.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Licensure varies by state. All states have some type of licensure or certification requirement. All states require clinical social workers to be licensed. However, some states provide exemptions for clinical social workers who work in government agencies.

Certification Requirement
License requirements vary by state but all states required a license in order to become a clinical social worker.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $70,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Empathy, Organizational skills
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