Social workers strive to help people in need through mental health care, adoptions, and foster care. They also provide services to veterans, people with substance abuse problems and the underprivileged.
While this job can be taxing because of the problems you’ll encounter, it’s among the most rewarding for humanitarians whose only goal is to help people. Child and family social workers protect vulnerable children and support families in need of assistance. Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. They may even diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.
Often serving as liaisons between different institutions to assist patients and collaborate with other health professionals to ensure patient wellness, they will become familiar with, and refer clients to, community resources.
This job requires empathy, flexibility, and persistence and will most likely require the ability to separate the emotional aspects of the job from the duties required. A social worker has great respect for the people and the different circumstances they will come across and always have empathy and the client’s best interest at the forefront of all that they do. Working directly with people from all walks of life and at all different stages, a social worker is in pursuit of social justice and protecting those most vulnerable.
Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.