Social Work

Social Work is about training to be a social worker – someone who supports and provides social-care assistance to people in need.

Studying in this area involves learning how to assess people's needs and to provide support in a variety of settings.

These settings include the welfare system, child welfare agencies, hospitals and the criminal justice system.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Social worker
  • Counsellor
  • Marriage guidance counsellor
  • Family therapist
  • Youth worker
  • Development agency analyst
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

147% of national
median earnings


Employment

69%
Employed
3%
Unemployed
14%
Further study
14%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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