If you’re perusing this blog, chances are you are thinking about, studying towards, or are already employed as a social worker. Even if you’re 100% sure that this is the career you were made to pursue, we all have our moments of doubt or second-guessing. Below are just a few reasons to help you remember why you decided to become a social worker in the first place. And if you hadn’t previously considered social work as your career path, this list might just convince you otherwise.
Don’t get me wrong, social work is a challenging and draining field with long hours. However, you are able to personally make a difference in people’s lives, a perk not offered by many other careers. Sure, many days will be discouraging and your clients may not see the benefit of your work. But often, you will find you’ve provided someone with the services and opportunities they couldn’t have accessed on their own. You will find that, in a day’s work, you have bettered someone’s life
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Social work is currently one of the fastest growing careers in the US. The U.S Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts social work will grow 19% between 2012 and 2022. Entering this filed not only guarantees you a long-lasting career, but also one that will allow you to grow and advance, both personally and professionally. The more educated you are in the field, the more success you are likely to obtain.
As a social worker, you will have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people. You can choose to work in schools, medical and public health facilities, mental health facilities, child welfare or family homes, senior citizen centers, prisons, military – the list goes on and on. There is also the option of working for a government agency versus being self employed at a private practice. The various career paths available to social workers make this one of the most diverse jobs on the market.
As with any job, paperwork is a large component of social work. At the same time, this is not a job that will tie you to a desk for 8 hours a day. Day to day, you never know whose life you might improve or what unexpected challenge will require you to think outside the box.
Because social work is such a necessary and growing field, you are guaranteed a full-time income varying between about $42,000 and $70,000 per year, depending on your field and employer.
Social work allows you to make the kind of changes in your community that others might only dream about. With the experience of personally working with inmates, the disabled, or whichever specialty you may choose, you will personally see and understand what your clients need to lead better lives. You will have the opportunity to give a voice to the voiceless and become an advocate for their rights.