We surveyed 7,539 social workers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical social worker. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a social worker?

Low

High

Working as a social worker typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a social worker?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a social worker typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a social worker?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a social worker. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for social workers.

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Do social workers work full-time or part-time?

85% of social workers work in full-time roles while 15% work part-time.

Is being a social worker stressful?

Low

High

Stress is very commonplace for social workers, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a social worker?

Low

High

Organization is considered a very important trait for social workers, and is critical to success in the field.

How competitive is the workplace for social workers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for social workers.

Does being a social worker require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Social workers will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are social workers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Social workers rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do social workers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Social workers tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a social worker physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a social workers is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are social workers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of a social worker changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being a social worker require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for social workers.

Does being a good social worker require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a social worker.