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SOCIAL WORKER, IN-DEPTH: Easier To Find Work If You're Open To All Opportunities In The Field

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Emily, a Social Worker and Executive Associate at The Village Family Services, describes what she loves most about her job, its challenges, and how hard it is to get a job in her field. The work can be intense and there aren't enough hours in a day. It's a balance -- you have to learn when to put a project down until later, and when to keep going.

School: University of Denver
Degree: Social Work
Job Title: Social Worker/Executive Associate
Employer: www.thevillagefs.org

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


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

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