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The field of social work is so diverse that there are many combinations of degrees and licensed credentials that can provide you with a highly marketable set of skills.

Social Work at a Glance

Looking for a quick overview of the Social Work program? Take a look at Social Work at a Glance for a short summary of what a social and human services assistant does.

Career opportunities will vary widely depending on your level of education, experience and place of employment.

There are three main types of social work:

  • Child, family and school social workers
  • Medical and public health social workers
  • Mental health and substance abuse social workers

Possible positions include:

  • Child, family and school social worker
  • Clergy
  • Correctional officer
  • Counselor
  • Gerontologist (specialist in working with older adults)
  • Juvenile services social worker
  • Medical and public health social worker
  • Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
  • Social and human services assistant
  • Substance abuse counselor

Skills that make effective social workers and counselors include:

  • Active listening skills
  • Effective verbal communication with a variety of people
  • A genuine desire to help other people, especially in a crisis situation
  • Inductive reasoning and the ability to combine pieces of information into related conclusions
  • Sensitivity to recognizing problems or situations when something is likely to go wrong
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Time management

America’s Career Infonet gives detailed information about the skills, abilities, work activities and recommended education for related jobs in Texas.  

Job Hourly Rate Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2022

Child, family and school social workers

$18.01 $37,500 +17%

Counselors, all other

$27.34 $56,900 +25%

Social and human services assistants

$15.23 $31,700 +22%
Social workers $31.59 $65,700 +14%

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors

$17.47 $36,300 +29%