Social Worker

Social workers help individuals, couples, families, groups, communities and organizations develop the skills and resources they need to enhance social functioning and provide counselling, therapy and referral to other supportive social services. Social workers also respond to other social needs and issues such as unemployment, racism and poverty. They are employed by hospitals, school boards, social service agencies, child welfare organizations, correctional facilities, community agencies, employee assistance programs and Aboriginal band councils, or they may work in private practice.

Skills Required

  • genuine interest in working with and counselling people
  • maturity and emotional stability
  • empathy
  • ability to be non-judgmental
  • high energy
  • patience
  • sensitivity to and an understanding of beliefs and values not your own
  • good communication skills
  • critical thinking skills and good judgment
  • integrity
  • resourcefulness and problem solving skills
  • belief in social justice

Education/Training Required

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Schools Offering Career Program

Dalhousie University
Memorial University

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Average Starting Salary

Growth Rate

Education Required
4 years