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Social Workers assess the social needs of individuals, families and groups, assist and empower people to develop and use the skills and resources needed to resolve social and other problems, and further human wellbeing and human rights, social justice and social development.
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a large occupation employing 28,300 workers. The number of workers has grown very strongly over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow very strongly to 34,700. Around 25,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually required and over four in five workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Social Workers who are responsible and independent, yet who can also work well in a team.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Use rules to solve problems.
Make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 21-1022.00 - Healthcare Social Workers.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.
Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.
Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How often do you use electronic mail?
How often do you talk on the telephone?
How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?
How important is it to work with others in a group or team?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.