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Social Worker

Job Description

Social Workers are health professionals that specialise in providing a wide range of support for people with social or personal problems and help with community issues. They talk to and help people make decisions during varying crises, while also helping them find benefits or accommodation when needed.


Depending on the location of work and experience, a qualified social worker can earn between $53,000 – $102,000 per year.

Work Hours

A social worker’s hours are dependent on their contract with variation between full or part time and shifts vs on call duty.

Study length

Becoming a social worker requires 4 – 6 years of training.

To become a Social Worker, you need to:

Complete a Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Applied Social Work, or Bachelor of Bicultural Social Work
Complete and register through the Social Workers Registration Board.

A few specialised roles a Social Worker could work in:

Youth work
Māori Community
Drug or Alcohol Addiction
Community development
Violence prevention
Mental health

Checkout what it’s like being a Social Worker at Unitec and University of Auckland:

Source: Social Worker. (n.d.). Retrieved December 12, 2022, from