Based on 1,081 responses, the job of Social Worker has received a job satisfaction rating of 3.83 out of 5. On average, Social Workers are highly satisfied with their job.
Q: What is it like working as a Social Worker?
If Social Work is a desired career path, my advice is to obtain an undergraduate degree in Social Work, but choose Business, Education or another discipline for your Masters work, as you will have many more opportunities available to you.
"Doing The Most Good."
Pros: I get to help and meet new people every day. I work for a church so my boss is amazing.
Cons: I'm not always able to help those in need. Lack of funds and lack of helping the right people who needs it instead of people who won't try to help themselves.
"Limited Avenues For Change."
When considering a job in social work, consider there are limited fields to practice your trade. Most social works will work for DHR/state. If a desired field of practice is medical, then I strongly recommend going ahead and getting your MSW, and licensure. LMSW/LGSW. If one desires to "climb the ladder", then your options are limited re: social work, or at least that is my experience. Pay rate is low, and stress can be very high. When choosing the field, understand that people with less "college education/degree" will more than likely make more money than you, and will climb the ladder of success faster than you. I love what I do, but I can' t lie when I say it "burns me up" knowing I have a four year degree and am getting paid a little more than min. Wage, and someone with a 2 year degree makes twice, and sometimes triple than I. My rewards out weight the bad, and thankfully my husband provides the majority of our income. If he did not, I would have to have a second job, no doubt.
To be aware that employers hire on a no fault basis, meaning that they can fire you without providing a reason.
Pros: The impact your career has on others.
Cons: The stress can become overwhelming.
Pros: Working with people.
"Helping as a Calling."
Pros: Helping people to find alternatives to their self-defeating behavior. Convincing my clients that change is possible, and that they can change their lives.
Cons: Currently, I find the pay disappointing. Social Workers find it difficult financially right after graduation because of the burden of student loans for Graduate School.