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Nature of the Job

Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives.


Significant Points

  • Employment is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. 
  • About 54 percent of jobs were in healthcare and social assistance industries, and 31 percent work for government.
  • While a bachelor's degree is necessary for entry-level positions, a master's degree in social work or a related field is necessary for some positions.
  • Job prospects are expected to be favorable, particularly for social workers who specialize in the aging population or work in rural areas.Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition


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