Social Work Jobs

Social Workers help people manage the stress and problems of life – both the daily grind as well as traumatic events. Social Workers usually work in settings such as private practices, hospitals and universities. Some social work jobs are very specialized, such as substance abuse, parenting problems and marital conflict.

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What are the Responsibilities for Someone Working in Social Work Jobs?

Social Workers help people cope with life challenges. They may work with children, people with disabilities, people with addictions, and people diagnosed with a terminal illness. They can help clients adjust to change that occurs because of divorce, unemployment and death.

Social Workers conduct assessments of their clients’ situations to determine their needs and goals. They advocate for appropriate public assistance resources and communicate with client care teams. They provide follow-up care to ensure that their clients’ situations are improving and are stable. Social Workers provide crisis intervention as needed and ensure that all records comply with policies and regulations. 

Where do Professionals in Social Work Work?

Social Workers work in many varied locations. They work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and primary care settings. They work in veterans clinics, military bases and hospital settings. Social Workers work at community mental-health centers, schools and substance-abuse centers. They work in private practice, higher education facilities, vocational and technical schools, and for government agencies. Social Workers also work for correctional institutions, juvenile rehabilitation centers and child-welfare agencies. They work for adoption agencies and for charities. 

 

What Skills are Required in Social Work?

Social Workers must be active listeners, remaining engaged in every conversation with their clients. They should be able to express understanding of their clients’ situations. They must have emotional intelligence, displaying high levels of empathy and sensitivity to others. Social Workers require cultural sensitivity and must be ready and willing to work with clients from diverse backgrounds. They should have strong communication skills with the ability to read, write and speak clearly and effectively. Social Workers must have critical thinking skills, with the ability to create and implement treatment plans that utilize resources and benefit their clients’ lives. 

 

How Much Money Can You Make in Social Work?

Social Workers earn an average annual salary of $65,000 per year. This salary can vary by industry, region and education. Those working with seniors can earn $59,000 per year and those working for county government earn an annual salary of $54,000.

Social Workers working in healthcare earn $66,000 per year and those who work for substance-abuse centers typically earn $58,000 annually. Social Workers working for the Department of Defense can earn $97,000 per year. Social workers in California earn an average annual salary of $79,000 and those on the east coast typically earn $58,000 per year. 

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FIELD DIRECTOR Department of Social Work at California State University Dominguez Hills Carson, California US 08/11/2020
The Department of Social Work at California State University Dominguez Hills invites applications for a Temporary full-time Lecturer position at the rank of Lecturer B, C, or D, Academic Year or 12-month Lecturer with the appointment starting in Fall 2020. At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members ... More
Social Work Position: Family Support Counselor - Kid First Program Kids in Distress Oakland Park, Florida 08/11/2020
The KID FIRST (Family Intervention Response & Support Team) Program is an in-home family preservation program focusing on assisting families in crisis. Serving more than 500 families annually for an average of 3-4 months, Family Support Counselors meet with each family on a weekly basis to teach parenting skills and provide case management and crisis intervention. This is a full-time position responsible for providing in-home wrap around services to at risk families. ... More
Case Manager (Bilingual) MVM New York, New York US 08/11/2020
Title: Case Manager (Bilingual) Location: New York, NY Duration: Contingent upon award Travel: As Needed Shift: Standard business hours including weekends About MVM, Inc. Service, Support, Success are the pillars upon which MVMs founders built the company, and they continue to serve as MVMs core values. Along with our uncompromising insistence ... More
Social Worker (Bilingual) MVM Houston, Texas US 08/11/2020
Title: Social Worker (Bilingual) Location: Houston, TX Duration: Contingent upon award Travel: As Needed Shift: Standard business hours including weekends About MVM, Inc. Service, Support, Success are the pillars upon which MVMs founders built the company, and they continue to serve as MVMs core values. Along with our uncompromising insistence ... More
Director of Counseling Services Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, Missouri US 08/11/2020
Director of Counseling Services Application Deadline Start date January 2021. Open Until Filled. Full Time/Part Time Full Time, Benefit Eligible Salary Salary commensurate with experience. Job Description Missouri University of Science and Technology is seeking an experienced mental health professional and leader to serve as Director of Counseling Services. The director ... More
Assistant Professor of Social Work Brandman University Irvine, California US 08/11/2020
Brandman University - School of Arts and Sciences Social Work (Location: Online) Responsibilities of Brandman University full-time faculty include teaching, mentoring and service. Research is supported but not required. All Faculty positions are non-tenure track, normally hired at the rank of assistant professor. We offer competitive salaries with generous benefits. Brandman University is seeking ... More
Licensed Therapist Lifeline Youth and Family Services Indiana US 08/11/2020
We have openings throughout the state of Indiana! We proudly serve every county in Indiana. Are you seeking meaningful work with a company that maintains a positive culture and is centered on prioritizing employees? For over 50 years, Lifeline has been strengthening children and families who have been impacted by abuse, neglect and delinquency arguably the most vulnerable in our community. It ... More
Street Outreach Case Worker Veterans Inc. Worcester, Massachusetts 08/11/2020
Veterans Inc., the largest provider of services to veterans and their families throughout New England, is looking for a professional, highly motivated, goal-oriented, skilled, and hardworking individual to fill the Street Outreach Case Worker position and become a valued member of Veterans Inc. team! ... More
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