A social worker has the potential to drastically change lives, one at a time. Social workers specialize in helping people in need of various resources – whether they be housing or other types of shelter, financial assistance, help with obtaining medical services, or simply therapies for families or children. Many families and individuals struggle with various challenges, and a social worker’s job is to help these people cope by connecting them with resources that can ease their burdens. The majority of social workers will work with families who have children, though there are some social workers who work exclusively with children, or with adults (such as disabled adults or geriatrics).
A career in social work is the perfect choice for individuals who love to help others. Whether it’s working with a special-needs child in their school district, or helping parents overcome addiction so that they can continue to provide for their children, social work is gritty but realistic and rewarding. In 2012 alone, over 600 thousand social workers helped American families and individuals.
If you are interested in becoming a social worker, you’ll need to obtain the appropriate educational credentials – typically a Masters Degree in social work, as well as supportive classes and programs that will prepare you for this type of career path. A social worker degree can be obtained through a traditional college program; or, if you are already immersed with work and/or family, consider taking online courses in order to fit this crucial education into your schedule. In fact, more and more students are opting for online courses in place of traditional in-person classes. There are many benefits to taking accredited online courses, including more convenience and flexibility, saving on the cost of commuting and daycare, and being able to work at obtaining your degree on your own time, as you are able to.
A career in social work is not without its challenges, but if you enjoy helping people, you’ll find that the benefits of helping even one family overcome the difficulties in their lives will greatly outweigh any negatives associated with this chosen career path.
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