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Career and Education Opportunities for Mental Health Social Workers in Florida

Florida has a population of 18,537,969, which has grown by 15.99% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Sunshine State," its capital is Tallahassee, though its largest city is Jacksonville.

There are currently 6,020 working mental health social workers in Florida; this should grow 30% to about 7,840 working mental health social workers in the state 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 $15 per hour or $33,180 per year on average in Florida. Nationally they average about $17 per hour or $37,210 annually. Earnings for mental health social workers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Social Work and Community Services in Florida and not quite as good as general Social Work and Community Services category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: clinical case manager, mental health therapist, and probation officer.

In 2008, there were a total of 10,424,100 jobs in Florida. The average annual income was $39,064 in 2008, up from $39,036 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Florida was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. About 22.3% of Florida residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Florida include employment services, professional employer organizations, and water transportation. Notable tourist destinations include the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, the Nature's Botanica Boutique, and the Brown Museum of Art.

CITIES WITH Mental Health Social Worker OPPORTUNITIES IN Florida


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 Florida 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.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Florida

Florida
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Florida has a population of 18,537,969, which has grown by 15.99% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Sunshine State," its capital is Tallahassee, though its biggest city is Jacksonville. In 2008, there were a total of 10,424,100 jobs in Florida. The average annual income was $39,064 in 2008, up from $39,036 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Florida was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. About 22.3% of Florida residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Florida include employment services, professional employer organizations, and water transportation. Notable tourist destinations include the Fish Mania, the Mike S Aquatics, and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.