Social workers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Social workers may specialize in fields of practice such as child welfare, family services, mental health, corrections, gerontology or addictions.
B. Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, to assess their situation and problems and determine the types of services required
C. Provide counsel and therapy to assist clients in developing skills to deal with and resolve their social and personal problems
D. Plan programs of assistance for clients including referral to agencies that provide financial assistance, legal aid, housing, medical treatment and other services
E. Investigate cases of child abuse or neglect and take authorized protective action when necessary
F. Act as advocates for client groups in the community, lobby for solutions to problems directly affecting client groups and develop prevention and intervention programs to meet community needs
G. Develop or advise on social policy legislation, conduct social research and assist in community development
1. Health care and social assistance - 71.0%
2. Public administration - 19.0%
3. Other services (except public administration) - 6.0%
4. Educational services - 3.0%
1. You need a bachelor's degree in social work to work as a social worker in all provinces and the Northwest Territories, except for Alberta where a diploma is acceptable and Saskatchewan where a bachelor's degree is usually required.
2. You usually need some supervised practical experience.
3. Use of the titles "Social Worker" and "Registered Social Worker" are regulated in all provinces/territories. However, you do not need to be registered with a provincial/territorial governing body in Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories.
4. You may need to take provincial/territorial written and oral examinations.
5. You usually need to be a member of a provincial/territorial association of social workers.
6. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.
2. Social Studies
3. Computer-related courses
4. A Second Language
The average hourly wages for Social Workers is $24.72/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the social science, education, government service and religion and are close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.