Social workers

NOC
4152

Help individuals, families and groups develop the skills and resources they need to enhance social functioning. They also provide counselling, therapy and referral to other support services.

Quick facts

3-Year Outlook

Good
Good

3-Year Job Openings

107
 

Median Hourly Wage

$34.78
$21.00
Low
$40.00
High

Median Salary

$61,659
 

Typically Required

University

Employed

1,610
 

% Working Full Time

91%
 

% Working Full Year

71%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Social workers help individuals, couples, families, groups, communities and organizations develop the skills and resources they need to enhance social functioning and provide counselling, therapy and referral to other supportive social services. Social workers also respond to other social needs and issues such as unemployment, racism and poverty. They are employed by hospitals, school boards, social service agencies, child welfare organizations, correctional facilities, community agencies, employee assistance programs and Aboriginal band councils, or they may work in private practice.

Main Duties

Social workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, to assess their situation and problems and determine the types of services required
  • Provide counsel and therapy to assist clients in developing skills to deal with and resolve their social and personal problems
  • Plan programs of assistance for clients including referral to agencies that provide financial assistance, legal aid, housing, medical treatment and other services
  • Investigate cases of child abuse or neglect and take authorized protective action when necessary
  • Serve as members on interdisciplinary teams of professionals working with client groups
  • Act as advocates for client groups in the community, lobby for solutions to problems directly affecting client groups and develop prevention and intervention programs to meet community needs
  • Develop or advise on social policy legislation, conduct social research and assist in community development
  • Provide mediation services and psychosocial assessments
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counselling and social programs
  • May provide public education and consultation to professionals or groups regarding counselling services, issues and methods
  • May supervise other social workers.

Social workers may specialize in fields of practice such as child welfare, family services, corrections, gerontology or addictions.

Also Known As

  • co-ordinator of social work
  • medical social worker
  • psychiatric social worker
  • social work supervisor
  • social worker
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in social work is required in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • In Alberta, a bachelor's degree or diploma in social work is required.
  • Supervised practical experience is usually required.
  • Successful completion of provincial written and oral examinations may be required.
  • Registration with a provincial governing body is mandatory to practise as a social worker in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Use of the titles "Social Worker" and "Registered Social Worker" is regulated in all provinces.
  • Membership in a provincial association of social workers is usually required.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

88.5%
Female
11.5%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

4.1%
15-24
28.8%
25-34
28.8%
35-44
24.1%
45-54
12.2%
55-64
2.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
2.4%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
0.7%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
6.1%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
90.9%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

48.6%
Health care and social assistance
40.5%
Public administration
4.7%
Educational services
6.1%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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25.40%
Northeast
23.70%
Southeast
20.70%
Southwest
19.00%
Central
11.20%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$61,294
Northeast
$63,148
Southeast
$62,312
Southwest
$57,715
Central
$68,780
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$35.00
$22.00
Low
$40.00
High

Southeast

$33.00
$22.17
Low
$43.59
High

Southwest

$32.39
$21.63
Low
$40.00
High

Central

$34.78
$21.00
Low
$40.00
High

Northwest

$34.78
$21.00
Low
$40.00
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$61,659

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$65,528

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$61,659

Newfoundland

$74,292

Prince Edward Island

$55,021

Nova Scotia

$64,762

Canada

$59,342
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3-Year

107
 

New Jobs: 3-Year

2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3-Year

104
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10-Year

338
 

New Jobs: 10-Year

2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10-Year

333