Cassidy Sargent

A Career As a Social Worker

Career Goal - child Social Worker

Career Overview

Social workers help people manage social, financial, and health problems. Social workers work in lots of different places like clinics, hospitals, and schools.

Social workers talk to new clients in order to identify their problems, concerns, and needs. They also collect other information, such as employment or medical records. They arrange medical or psychiatric tests for some clients.

After gathering information, social workers create plans for helping clients. They monitor clients' progress towards solving their problems and revise plans as needed. They provide information to clients about how to apply for assistance, funds, and services.

Child social workers

Child welfare social workers work to ensure the safety and health of children. They make sure low-income children and pregnant mothers receive enough food. They investigate reports of child abuse. Sometimes they place children in foster care. They evaluate the quality of foster and adoptive homes.

Career Skills and Interests

Communication skills, reasoning and problem solving, time management, and the ability to work with people are some skills social workers have.

Social workers have to be aware of others' reactions and change behavior in relation to them. They look for ways to help people, and solve problems by bringing others together to discuss differences. They have to be really good at listening to people and be able to talk with people and ask lots of questions.

Social Workers have investigative interests. They like work activities that have to do with ideas and thinking. They like to search for facts and figure out solutions to problems mentally. They also consider relationships important. They like to work in a friendly, non-competitive environment. They like to do things for other people. They like work activities that assist others and promote learning and personal development. They like to communicate, teach and help others.

Career Working Conditions

As a Social Worker, you have a very high degree of social interaction, you are constantly around people. Social Workers are often placed in conflict situations with clients and their family members. You usually work as a group or as a part of a team.

Social Workers work inside, in offices a lot, but they also travel and visit clients at their homes a lot as well.

Social workers usually work about 40 hours each week.

Career Wages and Outlook

The number of elderly people is growing very quickly,ocial workers will be needed to help the elderly deal with aging. Employment opportunities for social workers with backgrounds in gerontology should be good in assisted-living and senior-living communities. The expanding senior population will also spur demand for social workers in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and hospices.

Hospitals are limiting the length of patient stays. As a result, the demand for social workers in hospitals will grow more slowly than in other areas. Patients are going to nursing homes or being cared for in their own homes. Thus, social workers will be needed in home health care services.

Substance abusers are increasingly being placed into treatment programs instead of being sentenced to prison. Additional social workers will be needed to work at these programs.

A demand for school social workers will occur to respond to rising student enrollment, as well as the integration of disabled students. Opportunities for school social workers will be tied to the availably of government funding.

Employment of social workers in private social service agencies will increase. Employment in state and local government agencies may grow somewhat in response to increasing needs for public welfare, family services, and child protection services.

Hourly Wage - $27.93

Yearly Wage - $58,100

Career Related Occupations

Some careers that have similar work duties to a social worker are:

  • Addictions Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Probation Officers
  • Psychologists
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • School Counselors
  • Social and Community Service Managers

Programs of Study - Social Work

Program Overview

Social work programs prepare people to counsel groups and individuals. In social work programs, students learn counseling methods and how to manage casework. They also learn when to make referrals to other services.

Program Admission

Most schools require that you pass certain courses with good grades before you can officially become a social work major. Typically these courses are lower-level sociology, psychology, and statistics. Often a biology course is also required. Many schools also require you to complete an official application to the social work program. This application usually includes a personal statement, professional resume, undergraduate transcripts, and background check.

Program Typical Course Work

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Alcohol and Drug Issues
  • Child Welfare
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Ethics and Values
  • History of Social Services
  • Human Behavior
  • Social Environment
  • Social Research
  • Social Welfare Practice
  • Statistics
  • Supervised Fieldwork

Related Programs

  • Addiction Counseling
  • Child Development
  • Community Services
  • Corrections
  • Counseling and Human Services
  • Criminal Justice
  • Family Studies and Human Development
  • Human Services
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • School Counseling
  • Sociology

Schools That Offer My Program of Study

Minnesota State University, Mankato

University of Minnesota

Winona State University

College Choice

Minnesota State University, Mankato

College Information

  • Size and Location - MSU is located in Mankato, Minnesota and there are about 13,650 undergraduate students that attend it.
  • Admission Requirements - have a high school diploma or GED, and be in the top half of your class or score a 21 or higher on the ACT
  • College Expenses - tuition: $7,558, books and supplies: $500-$800, other expenses: $2,050, room and board: $7,368
  • Financial Aid - Academic scholarships for first year students, Talent Grants, Athletic scholarships
  • Housing - five different residential halls on campus
  • Activities - 15+ Greek organizations, Academic Honors Organization, Fitness club, Impact Teams, Athletics

Informational Interview

March 23

Amy Jensen

Brown County

Child Protection

Family Based Work

I really enjoyed and interview and learned a lot about being a social worker and working in that job area. She gave me some good advice on how to prepare myself for this career by volunteering and helping people. She told me about how the best part of the job is knowing you helped someone out and seeing them improve, and that makes the job sound really rewarding. Some other jobs I could look into are Family Counceling or a Family Based Worker. The work environment is something I'll probably have to get used to with having to go into strangers' homes that are probably unsafe. This career seems like something I would really enjoy and I'm really interested in it.

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