Social workers often work in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, private practices, military bases and correctional facilities. A social worker usually works in an office, but he can also go to clients when necessary. A social worker who works in schools may have several schools in a single district to visit.
Social workers who specialize in families, children and schools are often employed in such industries as health care, government, social assistance, educational services and religious organizations. Those focusing on health care find jobs in ambulatory health care services, social assistance and hospitals. Mental health and substance abuse social workers can find positions in hospitals as well as nursing and residential care facilities.
Social workers focus on helping clients and individuals with problems and sometimes help patients diagnose emotional, mental and behavioral issues. Job duties include creating personalized plans for clients, responding to emergency situations, finding individuals who need assistance and ensuring provided services are effective.
A social worker needs to be licensed or certified to qualify for a job position. All states require clinical social workers to obtain a license, but there are exemptions for social workers employed in government agencies. A master's degree, passing marks on an exam, and either two years or 3,000 hours of post-graduation supervised experience are required to qualify for licensure as a clinical social worker.