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Real-Life Social Worker Job Profiles

Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Social Worker field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33997Social Work Case ManagerFemale33 $43,000Austin, TX01/01/2010
33992Family Support WorkerFemale30 $25,000Tigard, OR01/01/2010
33945In Home CounselorFemale25 $42,400Norwalk, CA01/01/2010
33873Social WorkFemale35 $50,000DETROIT, MI01/01/2010
33866Medical Eligibility Specialist-MesFemale39 $25,786Snellville, GA01/01/2010

Overview

Social workers are professionally trained individuals who are able to assist people in coping with and solving issues they may be dealing with. From communicating with elderly men and women to helping young children, social workers have the expertise to help people of all ages handle whatever they are facing.

The exact duties and work location of a social worker depend on the specialty that is pursued. A few of the different career paths include clinical, family, geriatric, healthcare, and school social workers. Social workers are commonly found in schools, hospitals, government agencies, mental health centers, and more.

Once a specialty is chosen, the first step in becoming a social worker is to obtain a bachelor?s degree. There are several relevant degree options available for those interested in going into social work: psychology, sociology, education, child development, or social work. Either during or after college, internships should be completed to obtain real-world experience. Those who are interested in becoming licensed clinical social workers must also earn a master?s degree in social work; other certifications may be required by certain states as well.

Becoming a social worker is both a challenging and fulfilling career path. Read the career profiles below learn more about the specific types of social work jobs available. We?ve interviewed professionals in the social work field one-on-one to give you the inside scoop.


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