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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $27,414

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What Does A Ship Worker Do

Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers—clinical social workers—also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.   

Duties

Social workers typically do the following:

  • Identify people and communities in need of help
  • Assess clients’ needs, situations, strengths, and support networks to determine their goals
  • Help clients adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, such as illness, divorce, or unemployment
  • Research, refer, and advocate for community resources, such as food stamps, childcare, and healthcare to assist and improve a client’s well-being
  • Respond to crisis situations such as child abuse and mental health emergencies
  • Follow up with clients to ensure that their situations have improved
  • Evaluate services provided to ensure that they are effective
  • Develop and evaluate programs and services to ensure that basic client needs are met
  • Provide psychotherapy services

Social workers help people cope with challenges in their lives. They help with a wide range of situations, such as adopting a child or being diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Social workers may work with children, people with disabilities, and people with serious illnesses and addictions. Their work varies based on the type of client they are working with.

Some social workers work with groups, community organizations, and policymakers to develop or improve programs, services, policies, and social conditions. This focus of work is referred to as macro social work.

Advocacy is an important aspect of social work. Social workers advocate or raise awareness with and on behalf of their clients and the social work profession on local, state, and national levels.

The following are examples of types of social workers:

Child and family social workers protect vulnerable children and help families in need of assistance. They help families find housing or services, such as childcare, or apply for benefits, such as food stamps. They intervene when children are in danger of neglect or abuse. Some help arrange adoptions, locate foster families, or work to reunite families.

Clinical social workers—also called licensed clinical social workers—diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders, including anxiety and depression. They provide individual, group, family, and couples therapy; they work with clients to develop strategies to change behavior or cope with difficult situations; and they refer clients to other resources or services, such as support groups or other mental health professionals. Clinical social workers can develop treatment plans with the client, doctors, and other healthcare professionals and may adjust the treatment plan if necessary based on their client’s progress. They may also provide mental healthcare to help children and families cope with changes in their lives, such as divorce or other family problems.

Many clinical social workers work in private practice. In these settings, clinical social workers also perform administrative and recordkeeping tasks, such as working with insurance companies in order to receive payment for their services. Some work in a group practice with other social workers or mental health professionals.

School social workers work with teachers, parents, and school administrators to develop plans and strategies to improve students’ academic performance and social development. Students and their families are often referred to social workers to deal with problems such as aggressive behavior, bullying, or frequent absences from school.

Healthcare social workers help patients understand their diagnosis and make the necessary adjustments to their lifestyle, housing, or healthcare. For example, they may help people make the transition from the hospital back to their homes and communities. In addition, they may provide information on services, such as home healthcare or support groups, to help patients manage their illness or disease. Social workers help doctors and other healthcare professionals understand the effects that diseases and illnesses have on patients’ mental and emotional health.

Some healthcare social workers specialize in geriatric social work, hospice and palliative care, or medical social work:

  • Geriatric social workers help senior citizens and their families. They help clients find services, such as programs that provide older adults with meals or with home healthcare. They may provide information about assisted living facilities or nursing homes, or work with older adults in those settings. They help clients and their families make plans for possible health complications or for where clients will live if they can no longer care for themselves.
  • Hospice and palliative care social workers help patients adjust to serious, chronic, or terminal illnesses. Palliative care focuses on relieving or preventing pain and other symptoms associated with serious illness. Hospice is a type of palliative care for people who are dying. Social workers in this setting provide and find services, such as support groups or grief counselors, to help patients and their families cope with the illness or disease.
  • Medical social workers in hospitals help patients and their families by linking patients with resources in the hospital and in their own community. They may work with medical staff to create discharge plans, make referrals to community agencies, facilitate support groups, or conduct followup visits with patients once they have been discharged.

Mental health and substance abuse social workers help clients with mental illnesses or addictions. They provide information on services, such as support groups and 12-step programs, to help clients cope with their illness. Many clinical social workers function in these roles as well.

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Although most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and 2 years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.

Education

A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common requirement for entry-level positions. However, some employers may hire workers who have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as psychology or sociology.

A BSW prepares students for direct-service positions such as caseworker or mental health assistant. These programs teach students about diverse populations, human behavior, social welfare policy, and ethics in social work. All programs require students to complete supervised fieldwork or an internship.

Some positions require a master’s degree in social work (MSW), which generally takes 2 years to complete. Master’s degree programs in social work prepare students for work in their chosen specialty by developing clinical assessment and management skills. All programs require students to complete a supervised practicum or an internship.

A bachelor’s degree in social work is not required in order to enter a master’s degree program in social work. Although a degree in almost any major is acceptable, courses in psychology, sociology, economics, and political science are recommended. Some programs allow graduates with a bachelor’s degree in social work to earn their master’s degree in 1 year.

In 2015, there were more than 500 bachelor’s degree programs and more than 200 master’s degree programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Some universities offer doctoral programs in social work, where students can earn a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) or a Ph.D. Most doctoral programs in social work require students to have a master’s in social work and experience in the field. Many doctor’s students go on to work as postsecondary teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states have licensure or certification requirements for nonclinical social workers. Requirements vary by state.

All states require clinical social workers to be licensed. However, some states provide exemptions for clinical social workers who work in government agencies. Becoming a licensed clinical social worker requires a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of 2 years of supervised clinical experience after graduation. After completing their supervised experience, clinical social workers must pass a clinical exam to be licensed.

Because licensing requirements vary by state, those interested should contact their state board. For more information about regulatory licensure boards by state, contact the Association of Social Work Boards.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Clients talk to social workers about challenges in their lives. To effectively help, social workers must be able to listen to and understand their clients’ needs.

Empathy. Social workers often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different groups of people is essential for social workers. They need strong people skills to foster healthy and productive relationships with their clients and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Social workers must help and manage multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment.

Problem-solving skills. Social workers need to develop practical and innovative solutions to their clients’ problems.

Time-management skills. Social workers often have many clients and administrative responsibilities. They must effectively manage their time to provide adequate service to all of their clients.

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Ship Worker Career Paths

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Production Worker Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Registered Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Instructor Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Office Manager Instructor
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Package Handler Operations Manager Assistant Director
Owner/Director
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Service Technician General Manager
Owner/Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Hostess Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Lead Technician
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager General Manager
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Hostess Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Ship Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

51.0%

Female

47.1%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

79.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.9%

French

10.0%

German

4.0%

Chinese

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%

Italian

3.0%

Portuguese

2.6%

Mandarin

2.4%

Russian

2.3%

Arabic

1.9%

Korean

1.3%

Polish

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%

Carrier

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%

Swedish

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Hebrew

0.6%

Dutch

0.4%
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Ship Worker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.0%

Liberty University

6.6%

Kaplan University

6.4%

Grand Canyon University

5.5%

Iowa State University

5.0%

Michigan State University

4.9%

Ashford University

4.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.5%

Temple University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Brigham Young University

3.7%

Grand Valley State University

3.6%

Mississippi State University

3.6%

Kirkwood Community College

3.6%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.6%

Capella University

3.6%

Central Michigan University

3.5%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.3%

West Virginia University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

18.6%

Psychology

10.0%

Criminal Justice

9.3%

Social Work

6.0%

Nursing

5.7%

General Studies

5.6%

Accounting

4.5%

Health Care Administration

3.9%

Education

3.7%

Communication

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

Computer Science

3.5%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Biology

3.0%

English

2.9%

Sociology

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Human Services

2.5%

Management

2.4%

Kinesiology

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.0%

Other

33.4%

Associate

12.8%

Masters

10.5%

Certificate

5.6%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Real Ship Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Religious Worker Saint Lucy's Church New York, NY Sep 17, 2010 $62,610
Religious Worker (Missionary Scholar-In-Residence) Houghton College Houghton, NY Aug 01, 2009 $62,485
Religious Workers, All Other Jesus for Life Church CA Jan 28, 2013 $43,285
Religious Workers, All Other The First Evangelical Church of New Jersey Bogota, NJ Jul 07, 2010 $43,000
Religious Workers, All Other First Korean Presbyterian Church In America Little Ferry, NJ Dec 01, 2010 $41,823
Religious Workers, All Other Joyful Church of New York NY Jan 04, 2011 $39,862
Religious Workers, All Other Emmanuel Mission Church of Ny NY Feb 08, 2011 $39,862
Religious Worker, All Other Il-Kwan-Do Hong-In Bub-Dan NY Aug 25, 2010 $39,048
Religious Workers, All Other New York Mission Church of C & Ma NY Apr 18, 2011 $37,921
Religious Workers, All Other Lord Jesus Love Presbyterian Church Ridgefield, NJ Apr 29, 2011 $37,921
Religious Worker Saint Lucy's Church New York, NY Jul 27, 2011 $37,921
Religious Workers, All Other Green Pastures Presbyterian Church Paramus, NJ May 06, 2011 $37,921
Religious Worker Saint Lucy's Church New York, NY Jan 07, 2011 $37,921
Religious Worker Saint Lucy's Church New York, NY Jun 08, 2010 $37,921
Pact Worker I Vinfen Corporation MA Apr 26, 2010 $36,828
Pact Worker I Vinfen Corporation MA Jan 05, 2010 $36,828
Supervised Independent Living Worker Boysville of Michigan, Inc. Redford, MI Sep 01, 2015 $35,131
Religious Workers, All Other New Life Fellowship Church, Inc. Deerfield Beach, FL Oct 23, 2012 $34,091
Religious Workers America SEVA International Schenectady, NY Mar 24, 2009 $32,724
Religious Workers, All Other BUL Kwang Sa, Inc. Tappan, NY Feb 25, 2010 $32,724
Religious Workers, All Others First Assembly of God Garland, TX Apr 21, 2011 $30,701
Religious Workers, All Other The Gate of Heaven Church Palisades Park, NJ Sep 21, 2009 $29,093
Religious Workers, All Other Manhattan Korean Presbyterian Church New York, NY Dec 05, 2007 $29,093
Religious Workers, All Other Il-Kwan-Do Hong-In Bub-Dan NY Jan 22, 2009 $29,093
Religious Worker Evergreen Church of New York NY Aug 21, 2009 $29,093
Clubhouse Worker Bay Cove Human Services, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 10, 2012 $27,423
Religious Workers, All Other Victory Church of Jesus Christ, Inc. NY Nov 02, 2012 $27,290
Religious Workers, All Other The Eunhae Presbyterian Church NY Jan 03, 2011 $26,755
Religious Workers, All Other Full Gospel Zion Church Spring Lake, NC Mar 04, 2011 $26,333

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