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Social Work : Job Prospects & Career Options

  
  
  
  
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Social Work is a really vast field and the job prospects of a social worker is not specific to a particular field. Social workers deal with persons, families, organizations and groups. They try to lessen and prevent social problems caused by factors such as poverty, unemployment, alcoholism, lack of health services, family maladjustments, physical, mental and emotional handicaps, anti-social behaviour and poor housing.

Professionally, Social workers may be classified as three types namely Macro, Mesco and Micro. Macro social workers deal with Social work nationally and internationally, by making policies and sponsorships; while Mesco workers handle social work with small organizations, agencies and groups. Micro social workers work with individuals and families.

Enormous employment opportunities are available for social workers in private as well as public sector companies. Though it was considered a low paid profession earlier, these days many corporate offices are taking up social responsibilities and they search for good qualified social workers who are paid in par with the other workers. Career opportunities in this field would depend on an individual’s area of specialisation. Social workers who specialize in the area of human resource management can get jobs in the Personnel, HRM, Welfare departments of factories and commercial organizations, as executive officers, trainee officers, welfare officers and social security officers. Trained professionals can get executive card jobs in government, semi-government undertakings, private organizations as labor welfare officers, welfare officers, social workers etc. There are also Non-Government Organisations (NGO) and institutes providing services to different sections in the society. NGO’s need trained social workers to work in various fields. Social workers can also take up teaching assignments. After a few years of experience, one can even become a consultant with various organizations and can also start freelance work.

Social workers can pursue a career as a counselor in healthcare, adoption, environmental protection, community policing etc. They can specialize in child welfare and family services, mental health services, public assistance, medical social work, community organization, social work, planning and policy development or social welfare administration. Some of the work areas of Social workers may include :

Opportunities Abroad :
Vast opportunities are available for social workers abroad. Globalisation has widened the scope of employment for students opting for social work as their career. They may choose to join international NGOs like Amnesty International, Oxfam and Green Peace etc. In many countries like UK, Northern Island, Scotland one should register with their governing body (GSCC in UK) to take up the career of a social worker.











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