Public welfare social workers normally have a bachelor's degree in social work or a related field, such as psychology, counseling or public health. A master's of social work is often necessary for upward mobility in the career, according to Study.com. Other required skills include listening and communication skills, the ability to work in a team, and the ability to coordinate private and public services.
In addition to requiring a bachelor's or master's degree, some states also require social workers to pass an exam, such as the Association of Social Work Board's master's exam, and obtain a license, states SocialWorkLicensure.org. After graduation, many states also require an individual to work under supervision for up to three years. After a candidate completes all other requirement, he is eligible to take the clinical or advanced generalist exam.
Students pursuing a bachelor's in social work who are interested in becoming child welfare workers can take elective courses that address relevant topics, suggests the Houston Chronicle. Social workers also must complete training on child abuse and neglect, which is often offered by colleges and universities, social service agencies and other professional organizations, such as the National Association of Social Workers.
Public welfare social workers help people in need to access services and benefits, according to Study.com