Mental Health and Social Work
What it is
mental health jobs and social work jobsare expected to grow fast in the coming years. People who choose mental health jobs and social work jobs typically have a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. They help people deal with relationships and solve personal problems that can range from coping with a disease to dealing with substance or physical abuse. While psychologists do much of this work, there are many other positions available which require less training than what is required of psychologists.
Day-to-day work for people in mental health jobs and social work jobs varies greatly. Work may include addressing topics such as child abuse, homelessness, substance abuse, poverty or domestic violence. They may work directly with clients or patients, or they may research these problems and recommend solutions or public policy.
What it's like
The work environment for most mental health jobs and social work jobs is in an office or residential facility, but some work can take place in hospitals or require travel for meetings. To learn more about what working in a mental health job in a hospital is like, see what Toni has to say about her work as a psychiatric technician.
Full-time employees in social work jobs usually work a standard 40-hour week, while some evening and weekend meetings may be required. Some jobs are part time, especially with nonprofit agencies.
What it takes
Training for mental health jobs and social work jobs ranges from a high school diploma (or equivalent) or on-the-job training for aide and technician jobs, to a doctoral degree for psychologist jobs.
To learn more about mental health jobs and social work jobs, check out the job options to the right.
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