WHAT IS A SOCIAL WORKER?

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What do I need to study to become a Social Worker?

Jansen Newman Institute

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

Swinburne Online

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.

Bachelor 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 University

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.

Open Colleges

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

Charles Sturt University

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.

Charles Sturt University

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.

Charles Sturt University

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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What is a 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 do Social Workers do?

  • 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 snapshot for Social Worker

  • The average age of working Social Workers is 41.
  • 11.40% of Social Workers are male.
  • 69.30% of Social Workers work full-time and on average they work around 35.5 hours per week.
  • With A Bachelor Degree or higher, Social Workers get paid $1,364 per week Before Tax.
  • Unemployment levels are average.
  • In 2015 records showed 28,300 employed Social Workers.
  • The projected growth of the profession is estimated to be very strong with employment numbers around 34,700 by 2020.
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