Considering a Job in Social Work?

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Calling all good Samaritans: have you ever considered a job in social work? These jobs are most suited for driven jobseekers of high conviction. Social workers manage the communication and execution between medicine, psychology, government and society, often concentration on the most vulnerable communities in America. The International Federation of Social Workers calls the practice “an interrelated system of values, theory and practice.” Social work demands a macro understanding of micro problems, and an ability to combine and contextualize society, psychology, politics and economy while operating on a highly interpersonal level. Think you’ve got what it takes? Read on for more information about your prospects in the field.

The key factor in a successful social worker is a strong drive to help people. Social work demands high levels of dedication and perseverance, and workers are rewarded with fulfillment and the feeling of having made a difference. The key characteristics of a successful social worker include empathy, insight, understanding and patience. It is a field that demands a lack of judgment and a keen sense of right and wrong but requires strength in effectiveness and thick skin.

If you’re still interested in jobs in social work after that introduction, we have good news for you: employment trends for social workers show skyrocketing figures, with an 11% job growth rate by 2028 that is classified as “much faster than average.” Social work has actually been growing since 2012, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests there are no signs of slowing in this industry.

There is a general demand for more social workers in America, and a huge diversity of specialties that allows workers to pursue their interests in a dynamic and growing field. Mental health and substance abuse jobs are growing at the fastest rate, with a shocking 18% growth forecast by 2028, and other fields are still growing at a slightly slower rate. And while jobs in social work get a bad rap from popular TV shows and police procedurals, their income is actually quite middling for workers in similar fields. Healthcare social workers tend to make the highest salaries. 

In case you’re open to considering your prospects in social work and making a tangible difference in your community, we’ve compiled some key stats to help you on your journey.

Most Sought Jobs for Social Workers

Are you committed to providing the best care to the most in-need people? There are certainly plenty of opportunities for people with BAs and higher in social work. We’ve gathered the highest-volume jobs in social work on Lensa to help you find your path:

Top Regions for Social Workers

As you might expect, the highest number of social work jobs coincides with the biggest metropolitan areas in the nation. Here are the metro areas seeking the biggest number of social workers:

Highest Concentrations of Social Work Employment

Social workers are needed everywhere, but some places demand more dedicated practitioners to committed to the field. These are the areas with the highest concentration of social work jobs posted on Lensa in 2019:

City Job Concentration
Anchorage, AK 1.46%
Worcester, MA 1.35%
Tucson, AZ 1.33%
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 1.30%
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 1.27%
Urban Honolulu, HI 1.26%
Napa, CA 1.26%
Fairbanks, AK 1.24%
El Paso, TX 1.19%
Gainesville, FL 1.19%

If you think you have what it takes, sign up for Lensa to receive personalized job postings and start searching for jobs near you today.

Paige Richmond

Paige Richmond

Paige is a Silicon Valley native who has spent the last five years based in Budapest, Hungary. After finishing her M.A. in Medieval Studies, she spent three years producing leading global HR tech conferences and building their startup product, working closely with talent industry influencers and leading practitioners. She is now a full-time content and copywriting professional.

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