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Social workers
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Top job in field: Social Worker (MSW)
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Average pay: $43,773
  Salary Total compensation
(includes bonus)
75% in this career make more than: $40,246 $40,292
50% in this career make more than: $43,491 $43,535
25% in this career make more than: $47,381 $47,430
Top potential compensation (5% make more):   $89,677

10-year job growth: 22.02%
Total jobs 2004: 562,407
Forecast 2014: 686,272
Average annual growth (including new jobs and net replacement): 22,112

Career description
Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. Social workers help people function the best way they can in their environment, deal with their relationships, and solve personal and family problems. Social workers often see clients who face a life-threatening disease or a social problem, such as inadequate housing, unemployment, a serious illness, a disability, or substance abuse. Social workers also assist families that have serious domestic conflicts, sometimes involving child or spousal abuse.

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