We surveyed 160 substance abuse social workers to learn what personality traits and interests make them unique. Here are the results.


Holland Codes

Substance abuse social workers are social and investigative

Substance abuse social workers tend to be predominantly social individuals, meaning that they thrive in situations where they can interact with, persuade, or help people. They also tend to be investigative, which means that they are quite inquisitive and curious people that often like to spend time alone with their thoughts.

If you are one or both of these archetypes, you may be well suited to be a substance abuse social worker. However, if you are realistic, this is probably not a good career for you. Unsure of where you fit in? Take the career test now.

Here’s how the Holland codes of the average substance abuse social worker break down:


Big Five

The top personality traits of substance abuse social workers are openness and social responsibility

Substance abuse social workers score highly on openness, which means they are usually curious, imaginative, and value variety. They also tend to be high on the measure of social responsibility, indicating that they desire fair outcomes and have a general concern for others.

Once again, let’s break down the components of the personality of an average substance abuse social worker: