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What requirements would I need to be a social worker?

What requirements would I need to work as a social worker (mainly child protective services or something of the sorts)?
What educational requirements are there to work as a social worker?
What classes should I take in high school to help me understand the responsibilities?
What are the best and worst parts of working as a social worker?

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Natalia’s Answer

I won't have an answer to all your questions, but a great start is to look for courses related to social welfare, sociology, psychology, counseling, vocational guidance, or other related behavioral science. For high school (depending on the country, and state) social studies, history, psychology sociology or economics might help you as well. If you'd like to understand the job responsibilities, you can search on any professional job board like https://www.indeed.com/, Careerbuilder, Monster. Good luck!
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William’s Answer

Socal work may involve any of these- health care, counselling, disaster relief, teaching and other forms of community services. Sociology, health care, social work, social studies, psychology are cores.
You may follow vocational pathway (vocational qualification / apprenticeship / career certifications) or academic pathway (college degree). You will end up getting a practice license for social work to practice.
Some international humanitarian organisation run courses for social work.
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Tammi’s Answer

In order to be a social worker after high school you will need to get at least a BSW. That's a Bachelor's Degree in social work. Some jobs will accept a BA in any social service field, but many of those do not give you the foundation needed for a social work job. The BSW will give you an entry level of knowledge. Most jobs require at least a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW). This is a more advanced degree and you can pretty much stop there if you want. The jobs for an MSW are endless, just think about what population you like to work with. If you think therapy is your thing, then you will need to be licensed. This is different according to where you live. You can look up the requirements for your state to become a licensed social worker.
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