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Career and Education Opportunities for Mental Health Social Workers in New York

New York has a population of 19,541,453, which has grown by 2.98% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Empire State," its capital is Albany, though its biggest city is New York.

About 10,570 people are currently employed as mental health social workers in New York. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 16% to 12,210 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for mental health social workers are expected to grow by about 19.5%. 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 $21 hourly or $45,640 per year on average in New York. Nationally they average about $17 per hour or $37,210 annually. Mental health social workers earn more than people working in the category of Social Work and Community Services generally in New York and less than people in the Social Work and Community Services category nationally. Mental health social workers work in a variety of jobs, including: licensed social worker, social worker, and crisis intervention counselor.

In 2008, there were a total of 11,289,001 jobs in New York. The average annual income was $48,809 in 2008, up from $47,628 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New York was 8.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. About 27.4% of New York residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New York include securities contracts intermediation, investment banking dealing, and apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist destinations include the Abigail Adams Smith Museum, the Asian American Arts Centre, and the American Craft Museum.

CITIES WITH Mental Health Social Worker OPPORTUNITIES IN New York


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 New York 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: New York

New York
New York photo by William Warby

New York has a population of 19,541,453, which has grown by 2.98% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Empire State," its capital is Albany, though its most populous city is New York. In 2008, there were a total of 11,289,001 jobs in New York. The average annual income was $48,809 in 2008, up from $47,628 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New York was 8.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. Approximately 27.4% of New York residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New York include securities contracts intermediation, investment banking dealing, and apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Abigail Adams Smith Museum, the Asian American Arts Centre, and the Anthology Film Archives Administration.