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social-workerSocial workers are health care professionals who help people solve and cope with mental, behavioral, and emotional problems in their everyday lives.

Social workers are typically responsible for assessing clients’ needs, developing improvement plans, responding to crisis situations, advocating for clients, treating mental or behavioral disorders, referring clients to other mental health services or resources, and evaluating clients’ progress.

Social workers provide assistance and support to many populations, including children, disabled individuals, and addicts.

Salary
How much does a social worker make? According to the May 2012 records from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual healthcare social worker salary is $51,460, or $24.74 per hour. The lowest ten percent earn $31,410, while the top ten percent make an average of $74,030 annually. Social workers employed in general hospitals earn more with an average annual salary $56,960, while those in individual and family services make less than average at $42,110.

The top paying industry for this occupation is in specialty hospitals at $61,750 per year, as well as employment services at $60,160 annually. Social workers employed in the District of the Columbia earn the highest annual salary at a whopping $66,130. Following close behind, Nevada social workers make an average $64,640 and those in California earn $63,480.

State Hourly Wage Average Salary Number of Jobs
Alabama $25.64 $53,330 320
Alaska $27.59 $57,390 220
Arizona $24.63 $51,220 1,170
Arkansas $20.79 $43,240 650
California $29.98 $62,360 13,150
Colorado $23.28 $48,430 870
Connecticut $24.20 $50,340 420
Delaware $28.86 $60,020 90
Florida $26.31 $54,730 2,410
Georgia $23.66 $49,200 1,320
Hawaii $28.07 $58,380 290
Idaho $30.96 $64,390 110
Illinois $24.76 $51,500 1,930
Indiana $24.30 $50,540 670
Iowa $26.84 $55,820 330
Kansas $23.67 $49,230 540
Kentucky $28.95 $60,210 420
Louisiana $25.48 $53,000 860
Maine $24.56 $51,070 310
Maryland $33.20 $69,050 830
Massachusetts $26.64 $55,400 720
Michigan $23.17 $48,190 2,120
Minnesota $31.45 $65,420 390
Mississippi
Missouri $23.14 $48,130 550
Montana $18.70 $38,900 620
Nebraska $23.89 $49,680 140
Nevada $31.19 $64,870 180
New Hampshire $28.53 $59,350 130
New Jersey $28.68 $59,650 720
New Mexico $23.11 $48,080 1,100
New York $27.50 $57,210 9,490
North Carolina $20.86 $43,380 1,430
North Dakota $26.49 $55,100 90
Ohio $22.04 $45,830 2,880
Oklahoma $21.95 $45,650 670
Oregon $21.67 $45,070 1,720
Pennsylvania $29.83 $62,040 970
Rhode Island $33.53 $69,750 90
South Carolina $22.00 $45,750 840
South Dakota $31.83 $66,210 80
Tennessee $25.24 $52,500 660
Texas $25.89 $53,850 1,960
Utah $22.02 $45,800 520
Vermont $30.18 $62,770 60
Virginia $27.98 $58,200
Washington $24.69 $51,350 1,230
West Virginia $29.28 $60,900 200
Wisconsin $26.14 $54,370 780
Wyoming $25.06 $52,110 220
Data courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Work Environment
Social workers hold 650,500 jobs nationwide in a variety of different settings, such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, private practices, state/local governments, colleges, schools, substance abuse clinics, and military bases. Although most social workers work within an office setting, they may also spend a large amount of their day visiting clients. Social workers within a school environment may be assigned to a school district and travel around to meet with students daily.

Social workers generally work full-time eight-hour shifts during regular business hours. However, some may need to visit clients or attend meetings on evenings or weekends as well. Social workers within hospitals, residential facilities, or nursing homes where clients stay overnight may also need to work irregular hours. Due to increased demand for health care and social services, the employment for social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than average.

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  1. I am 15 years of age,and I am looking to be a social worker when I get older.I am planning to go to university and studying childcare,what do you think a should do know?and how much could I possibly make a year?and in which country would I need to go to to get a good job?

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