Social workers provide valuable assistance to people in need, for example by connecting them to other resources or helping prepare treatment plans. However, they usually cannot manage their caseload alone. That is why many social workers work with a social work associate, who helps them with what needs to be done.
Social work associates can work at a university, social services center, or nonprofit. They often take care of many of the administrative tasks a social worker needs to do, such as filing paperwork. They also interact directly with clients, for example by helping them apply for welfare or taking down notes about their case for the social worker.
Unlike social workers, most social work associates do not need to be licensed. Usually, they only need to have a bachelor's degree in social work or a related field and maybe a year of experience, although some places do not require a degree either. Working as a social work associate can be a great way for someone to figure out if they like the field before going on to pursue a master's degree and licensure.