Social Work

The need for trained professionals in social work will surpass several other business and industry categories at 25 percent between now and 2020. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it will be one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States.

There are two categories of social workers – direct-service social workers and clinical social workers. Direct-service social workers are responsible for identifying individuals who are in need of assistance and then helping them to receive that assistance. Clinical social workers diagnose and treat mental, behavioral and emotional issues.

Some jobs within the social work field require a bachelor’s degree, while others may require a master’s degree. Coursework for social work programs generally combine the liberal arts with a concentration in social work.

The average annual salary for social workers is $42,480.

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