Social Workers

Social Worker Meets with Client

Social workers help people and assist communities in solving problems. These problems include poverty, racism, discrimination, physical and mental illness, addiction, and abuse. They counsel individuals and families, they lead group sessions, they research social problems, and they develop policy and programs. Social workers are dedicated to empowering people and helping them to preserve their dignity and worth. Approximately 649,300 social workers are employed in the United States. Social workers may also be known as case workers. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Case Workers
Duties Help people deal with problems such as poverty, physical and mental illness, racism, discrimination, addiction, and abuse; give advice to individuals and families; lead group sessions; conduct research about social problems; develop policy and programs
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Health
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Experience Volunteer or Internship experience
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Problem-Solving
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Social Work Manager or Director of Social Work Programs
  • Social Worker
  • Social Work Assistant/Aide/Technician