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Social work jobs help people gain greater control at managing their social lives, whether it involves coping with family issues, dealing with relationships, and solving problems. Some social workers help people that face disabilities or a life threatening disease cope with their ailments along with helping their families adjust. Full time social workers generally work standard 40 hour work weeks but since the needs of their patients might extend into evenings, nights, and weekends, social work jobs require being on call to give assistance.

A bachelor's degree in social work is sufficient education for jobs in social work although a master's degree in social work has become more common for individuals that wish to do clinical work, as well as work with social services policy or administration. College or university teaching positions require an advanced degree such as a doctoral degree in social work or a Ph.D. In 2006, there where 458 bachelor's degree programs and 181 master's degree programs that were accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. There were 74 doctoral programs in social work recognized by the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education. All States require licensing, certification, or registration for social work practice. Many of these States require 2 years of supervised experience to be licensed.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a projected increase in social work employment of 22 percent over the 2006 to 2016. This rate will be much faster than the national average for all occupations with the demand stemming from the greater demand for health and social services and the aging baby boomer generation.

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