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Average Annual Salary for Social Service Worker:

Median annual earnings of educational, vocational, and school counselors in May 2004 were $45,570. The middle 50 percent earned between $34,530 and $58,400. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,260, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $72,390. - OOH

Necessary Education for a Social Service Worker Career:

Secondary Education: Social Service Worker»»

What is a Social Service Worker in a nutshell?

Community and social service workers administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services.

Types of Social Service Worker jobs:

  • Women's Centre Coordinator
  • Addictions Worker
  • Crisis Intervention Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Financial Assistance Worker
  • Drop-In Centre Worker
  • Welfare & Compensation Officer
  • Community Development Worker
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • Family Service Worker
  • Rehabilitation Worker
  • Veterans Service Officer
  • Youth Worker

Social Service Worker Skills & Responsibilities:

They assist clients to deal with personal and social problems. They are employed by social service and government agencies, group homes, correctional facilities and other establishments.

Social Service Workers interview clients to obtain their case histories and other background information. They prepare intake reports, assess their clients and investigate their eligibility for social benefits. If necessary, they will refer their clients to other social services.

Social Service Workers advise and aid recipients of social assistance and pensions. They counsel and provide assistance to clients living in group homes and half way houses and supervise their activities. They also provide crisis intervention and emergency shelter services.
These workers implement life skills workshops, substance abuse treatment programs, youth services programs and other community and social service programs.

Future Outlook for Social Service Worker:

Overall employment of counselors is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2014. In addition, numerous job openings will occur as many counselors retire or leave the profession. While job prospects will vary with location and specialization, opportunities generally should be very good because the number of job openings that arise should exceed the number of graduates of counseling programs. Rehabilitation counselors and substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, in particular, should experience excellent prospects.


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