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Social Worker

Find out how to become a social worker in the community services sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Social Worker is $60,500 - 82,500 annually


Social workers assist with the social needs of families and individuals, empowering them to use the skills or resources needed to resolve social or other problems. Employment for this role is expected to grow very strongly to 2022, from 28,300 workers in 2017 to 34,700 by 2022. 25,000 job openings are expected over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

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Key skills

Social workers have an understanding, patient, driven, and empathetic personality to be able to handle the social needs of their clients on a daily basis.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills for listening and communicating with clients regarding their social needs and concerns
  • Strong leadership skills for planning and implementing research projects that address client needs and social policy
  • Strong critical thinking skills for identifying problems, understanding, and resolving them
  • A good understanding of psychology and human behaviour
  • A background in therapy and counselling may be required or preferred
  • A good understanding of customer and personal service

Quick facts

Social workers continue to grow in demand with most working in full-time positions. Here are a few key facts on the role of a social worker.

  • Average Hours Worked
    33.6 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Health care and social assistance; public administration and safety; and hiring and real estate services
  • Average qualification level
    62.1% Bachelor degree

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

Study pathways

Get the skills you need to find work as a social worker by studying these Community Services courses below.

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