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Social Worker

Social Worker

Social Workers provide a wide range of services to individuals, families, small groups, communities and organizations. Social workers are guided by the values of social justice and human rights. Social workers often reach out to people who may be described as oppressed and underserved.

Social workers most commonly work in non-profit agencies and/or government agencies. Some social workers choose to work in for-profit businesses or join private practice groups. Fields of social work practice include, but are not limited to, mental health, child welfare, family work, substance abuse, adult and juvenile justice, school social work, medical social work, geriatric social work, homelessness and housing, domestic violence, and community organizing/development.

Social workers rarely do their work without collaborating with other professionals like teachers, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors, community organizers and legislators.

Salary Range: $28,800 – $78,510

Salary Notes: Education, geographic location and experience impact salary levels. The annual mean salary in Vermont is $62,050.

Where you can study:
Castleton University, [1] Castleton, VT
Champlain College [2], Burlington, VT
Plymouth State University [3], Plymouth, NH
Salem State University [4], Salem, MA
Springfield College [5], Springfield, MA
University of Vermont Dept. of Social Work [6], Burlington, VT

Where you might work:
– Community Justice Centers – Community Mental Health Centers – Correctional Facilities – Day Care Centers – Domestic Violence Agencies – Home Health and Hospice Agencies – Hospitals – Housing Agencies – Legislative/Lobbying Organizations – Nursing Homes – Physician Offices – Schools – Social and Human Service Agencies – Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

Job Outlook: Employment of social workers is projected to grow faster than average. The job search is more competitive in cities than in rural areas. There are increased opportunities for social workers who are bi-lingual and for social workers who want to work in rural, underserved areas. Job prospects may be best for those social workers with a background in gerontology or substance abuse treatment.

Education, Licensing and Certification: Bachelor degree-level social workers hold many human service positions. High school course work should be well-rounded, including math, science, and humanities. A master’s degree and a state license are required for a social worker to receive third party payments for their work. Therefore a master’s degree is required to do private practice work.

Professional Organizations:
Council on Social Work Education [7] 703-683-8080
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) [8]202-408-8600
Vermont Chapter, National Association of Social Workers [9] 802-223-1713