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What do Social Workers do?

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Question: What do Social Workers do?
Answer: Social workers work to help people. They assist people in managing their daily lives, coping with issues, navigating relationships, and solving personal and family problems. There are many different kinds of social work careers. Some social workers work in hospital settings, helping patients and families understand and make difficult health care choices. Others work with families who are experiencing domestic conflicts - sometimes as state and federal investigators. Others work in private practice. Others conduct research, work as administrators of social service programs, or are involved in social policy advocacy. Social workers may develop, implement, and assess programs to address social issues such as domestic violence, poverty, child abuse, and homelessness.

Education for Social Work
Entry level work as a case worker is sometimes available to bachelor's degree holders, but the MSW has become the standard entry requirement for most positions. With an MSW a social worker may engage research, advocacy, and consulting. Social workers who go into private practice require, at minimum, an MSW, supervised work experience, and state certification. Many social workers who engage in private practice maintain a job at a social service agency or hospital because a private practice is difficult to establish, financially risky, and does not provide health insurance and retirement benefits. Some social workers seek further training in the form of a doctor of social work (DSW) degree. The DSW prepares graduates for careers in research and academia, administration, grant writing and more.

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