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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 Jansen Newman InstituteBachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services)

Turn your passion for helping people into a rewarding new career by studying this Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) course. 

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 Swinburne OnlineBachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies

Learn about human nature, psychology and relationships in this online Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies course, and gain highly transferrable skills for your career.

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 Charles Sturt UniversityBachelor of Social Work

This online Bachelor of Social Work course is approved by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), and will lay a solid foundation for your career as a social worker.

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CHC30213Open CollegesCertificate III in Education Support

The Certificate III in Education Support (CHC30213) is an online course designed specifically for those seeking work as teacher aides.

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 Charles Sturt UniversityGraduate Certificate in Human Services

If you’re looking to formalise your years of experience in the field of human services, this online Graduate Certificate in Human Services is the ideal pathway.

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 Charles Sturt UniversityGraduate Diploma of Psychology

This online Graduate Diploma of Psychology is ideal for those who have completed an undergraduate degree and who wish to transition into the field of psychology.

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 Charles Sturt UniversityMaster of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

This online Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) course will enable you to gain full accreditation with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

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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.