* Work Environment
Most social workers work in an office; they might spend a lot of time away from the office visiting clients. School social workers may be assigned too many schools and travel around the school district to see students. Understaffing and large caseloads may make the work stressful.
A bachelor’s degree for a social worker. However, some employers may hire workers who have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as psychology or sociology. 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. Becoming a licensed clinical social worker usually requires a master’s degree in social work and 2 years or 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience after graduation. After completing their supervised experience, clinical social workers must pass an exam to be licensed.
The median yearly wage of social workers was $42,480 in the year of May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,710 and the top 10 percent earned more than $70,390.The median annual wages of social workers in May 2010 were the following:
$47,230 for healthcare social worker
$40,210 for child, family, and schools social workers
$38,600 for mental health and substance abuse social workers
$51,500 for all other social workers
* 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.
Employment of child, family, and school social workers is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for...