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Career and Education Opportunities for Mental Health Social Workers in Nebraska

Nebraska has a population of 1,796,619, which has grown by 4.99% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Cornhusker State," its capital is Lincoln, though its most populous city is Omaha.

There are currently 1,110 jobs for mental health social workers in Nebraska and this is projected to grow 30% to 1,440 jobs 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. 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.

A person working as a mental health social worker can expect to earn about $15 hourly or $32,210 annually on average in Nebraska and about $17 per hour or $37,210 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for mental health social workers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Social Work and Community Services in Nebraska, and not quite as good as the overall Social Work and Community Services category nationally. People working as mental health social workers can fill a number of jobs, such as: criminal justice social worker, psychotherapist social worker, and community support worker.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,253,549 jobs in Nebraska. The average annual income was $39,182 in 2008, up from $37,899 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Nebraska was 4.6% in 2009, which has grown by 1.3% since the previous year. Approximately 23.7% of Nebraska residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Nebraska include food manufacturing, animal slaughtering, and animal slaughtering. Notable tourist attractions include the General Crook House, the Durham Western Heritage Museum, and the Museum Kaneko.

CITIES WITH Mental Health Social Worker OPPORTUNITIES IN Nebraska


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 Nebraska 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: Nebraska

Nebraska
Nebraska photo by Matthew Trump

Nebraska has a population of 1,796,619, which has grown by 4.99% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Cornhusker State," its capital is Lincoln, though its most populous city is Omaha. In 2008, there were a total of 1,253,549 jobs in Nebraska. The average annual income was $39,182 in 2008, up from $37,899 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Nebraska was 4.6% in 2009, which has grown by 1.3% since the previous year. Approximately 23.7% of Nebraska residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Nebraska include food manufacturing, animal slaughtering, and animal slaughtering. Notable tourist destinations include the Douglas County Historical Society, the Museum Kaneko, and the Joslyn Art Museum.