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Career and Education Opportunities for Mental Health Social Workers in California

California has a population of 36,961,664, which has grown by 9.12% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Golden State," its capital is Sacramento, though its biggest city is Los Angeles.

Currently, 12,700 people work as mental health social workers in California. This is expected to grow 23% to 15,600 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for mental health social workers, which sees this job pool growing by about 19.5% over the next eight years. Mental health social workers generally assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs.

Mental health social workers earn approximately $19 hourly or $40,430 per year on average in California. Nationally they average about $17 per hour or $37,210 annually. Incomes for mental health social workers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Social Work and Community Services in California, and not quite as good as the overall Social Work and Community Services category nationally. Mental health social workers work in a variety of jobs, including: licensed clinical social worker , school social worker, and crisis worker.

In 2008, there were a total of 21,063,338 jobs in California. The average annual income was $43,852 in 2008, up from $43,402 in 2007. The unemployment rate in California was 11.4% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. Roughly 26.6% of California residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in California include other electronic parts merchant wholesalers, payroll services, and wineries. Notable tourist destinations include the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, and the Berenbaum Group.

CITIES WITH Mental Health Social Worker OPPORTUNITIES IN California


JOB DESCRIPTION: Mental Health Social Worker

Mental Health Social Worker video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, mental health social workers assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. They also activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and education.

Every day, mental health social workers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in California include:

  • Child and Family Services Worker. Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist single parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers on how to deal with problem children.
  • Medical Social Worker. Provide persons, families, or vulnerable populations with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses, such as Alzheimer's, cancer, or AIDS. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making necessary referrals for other social services.
  • Probation Officer. Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.
  • Social Services Assistant. Assist professionals from a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, to provide client services, as well as support for families. May assist clients in identifying available benefits and social and community services and help clients obtain them. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, or adult daycare.

LOCATION INFORMATION: California

California
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California has a population of 36,961,664, which has grown by 9.12% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Golden State," its capital is Sacramento, though its biggest city is Los Angeles. In 2008, there were a total of 21,063,338 jobs in California. The average annual income was $43,852 in 2008, up from $43,402 in 2007. The unemployment rate in California was 11.4% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. Roughly 26.6% of California residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in California include other electronic parts merchant wholesalers, payroll services, and wineries. Notable tourist destinations include the American Society of Military History & Museum, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, and the Black Maria Art Gallery.