Turn your natural empathy into a rewarding and critically needed career helping people unlock their potential by studying a social work course.
As a social worker, you’ll work closely with marginalised people to provide support, advice and assistance on a range of social, emotional, health and welfare matters. You’ll also be responsible for coordinating the services of a variety of different agencies and stakeholders in your client’s life.
As a social worker, you can expect to perform tasks like:
Social work is relational, and your tasks will depend uniquely on your clients and their needs. A successful social worker will focus on building excellent relationships, and providing the support, assistance and advice that will help the client create the change in their life they want to see.
After completing a social work course, you may choose to seek employment as a:
You’ll find social work stimulating and rewarding if you:
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports that the social work industry in Australia is large and growing. Currently employing approximately 30,800 people, the industry is expected to grow strongly until at least 2020, where it will employ approximately 39,500 people. Job Outlook reports that employment opportunities in this sector have been growing steadily over the last decade, and expects that rate of growth to continue.
PayScale reports that social workers can expect to earn a salary between $45,000 and $83,000 per year, with an average industry salary of approximately $62,000 per year. While a positive relationship exists between experience and earning capacity, PayScale notes that entry-level social workers can still earn a competitive average salary of approximately $58,000 per year.
PayScale notes that approximately 80 per cent of social workers have less than 10 years of work experience, indicating that people move from this profession as their careers progress. After gaining experience as a social worker, you may choose to work in a more senior role in management or administration in the public health sector, or in a policy role.