What does a Social Worker do?

Social workers provide direct service that assists clients with their needs that pertain to everyday life issues, complications, and problems, including incidents of neglect, abuse, or domestic violence, or with mental health, and substance abuse challenges. Social workers also assist with adoption and terminal illness diagnoses and work with specific populations, including children, the disabled, and the addiction community.

Social workers collaborate with their clients to assess their goals and adjust them as needed. When appropriate, they may also offer their clients and patients outside referrals for support groups or other mental health professionals. Social workers may work with a client or patient to craft a plan with coping strategies that address their health or well-being. If needed, social workers may also work with the client or patient to secure government intervention or assistance if necessary, or to respond to moments of crises. Social workers need a minimum bachelor's degree in social work and certification or a master's degree.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
34%
2 - 4
21%
5 - 7
2%
8+
43%

Common Skill Sets

Effective Communication
English Language
IN Spanish
Computer Literate
Excellent Communication
Report Writing
Leadership
Written Communication

Social Worker Seniority Levels

L2
Social Worker
$54,065/yr
L4
Family Room Specialist
16% made the transition
Clinical Case Manager
8% made the transition
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Social Worker Salaries

Average Base Pay

$54,065 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$38K
Median: $54K
$77K
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