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How to Become a Social Worker

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What do I need to study to become a Social Worker?

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Definition of Social Worker

Working with individuals, groups or families, Social Workers are concerned with enhancing the emotional, financial and mental well-being of their clients. They can provide an alternate view on a problem and enable people to develop skills and mechanisms to cope with life’s challenges.



A Social Worker helps people to identify, resolve and cope with situations and problems that arise from the everyday trials of modern life. They can assist their clients in dealing with issues such as unemployment, homelessness, addiction, domestic violence and abuse, and also offer support for people who have suffered trauma or are going through a bereavement.



Social Workers provide practical and emotional support, counselling and information on available resources such as refuges, clinics, job search programs and legal aid. They can facilitate access to government housing and help clients obtain Centrelink entitlements.

What are the responsibilities of a Social Worker ?

  • Interviewing individuals, families and groups to identify the nature and extent of each client’s issues.
  • Providing help and advice on developing coping mechanisms and strategies.
  • Supplying information to clients and facilitating access to available resources and programs.
  • Liaising with local organisations and government agencies to help improve and develop services.
  • Making regular contact with clients to monitor their progress and development.
  • Maintaining current knowledge of local resources, programs and services.
  • Referring clients to specialists and other professionals where applicable.
  • Keeping case records and compiling reports.

Career Outlook for Social Worker

The average age of people working as is 41 with 11.40% of them being male. 69.30% of are employed full-time and they typically work around 35.5 hours per week.

 

Unemployment is average and, with A Bachelor Degree or higher, the average Community Worker can earn around $1,364 per week Before Tax. In 2015 there were 28,300 working and the future growth of the profession is predicted to be very strong, with numbers around 34,700 in 2020.