Becoming a Social Worker

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Maggie Gilliland
Career Report

The career that I want to persue is social work. I enjoy talking to people, helping them with their problems, and try to make their bad days better. Being in the fire service field that I am right now, it gives me a head start by helping people on a daily basis. Being a social worker helps people with their emotional problems which is a whole another level besides being a firemen and an EMT. There are two main types of social workers: direct-service social workers, who help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives, and clinical social workers, who diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

A BA is required for most direct-service social work positions, but some positions and settings require a master’s degree. Clinical social workers must have a master’s degree. Licensing for social workers varies by state. Clinical social workers must be licensed in any state. You need to be able to work with people from ages 5-105 in any stage of life. Hospitals, schools, nursing homes, prisions, they all have social workers who talk to patients or students and help with their everyday problems ranging from bullies to heartbreak to terminal illnesses. Employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be due to an increase in demand for health care and social services. Many people now a days are clinically depressed or becoming depressed or terminally ill and they need to talk to someone neutral in their situation. You provide that care and comfort they need and lend an ear just to listen, which is what most of them want to begin with. The median annual wage of social workers was $42,480 in May 2010. They generally make anywhere from $16.50/hr to $24.47/hr and may have to work nights and weekends based on their patients or where they work out of. There is approx. 650,500 social workers in the US in May, 2010 and since...
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