Social Work Fields with the Highest Burnout Rate

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These are the kinds of social work jobs that require deep passion and drive, but even so, they may still end up too overwhelming for a number of social workers.


Borat Sagdiyev says:

In Alberta, Canada, the average pay for a social worker is nearly 70k a
year. If I lived in the u.s. I wouldn’t bother with it.

jimmym35x says:

Thanks for posting the video. I am about 1/4 way to my BSW. About to
transfer out of my CC and go to my state university and then work to get my

Anthony Wallace, BSc, MA, ND says:

Hey buddy Good post! When it comes to going to school to get a license to
practice social work, you look at funding. When you first start in this
field you look at fighting for social justice, but after a few years you
begin to look at the money and the time it took to get there. I do want to
express to you that psychology is psychology and social work is social
work. These are two different philosophies of approach to mental illness.
To be a qualified practitioner, it will take you 9 yrs including supervised
and solo practicum MSW-AP. Pay your loans before you get burned out :).
Good luck to you!!! Take care and be in good health. #icunurse01 

Yissel Herrera says:

Great video, I learned a lot. In my job as a client care coordinator we
call the end of care patients “hospice cases”. I think that’s the word
commonly used.

Allyssa Arnold says:

These videos are very informative but almost enough to make you change your

ahkillez64 says:

Thumbs up. Thanks for sharing the video’s on social work. They have been
helpful. You have covered many topics that I had questions about. 

HearHelp says:

Well, I had a strong passion in social work. I was accepted to graduate
school. I’m fortunate to find employment as an Behavioral Health Counselor
34k. I live in Miami by the way. Thus, I have witnessed an immense of take
work home paperwork. My department is horrible in managing their
counselors, which we are all burntout. Everyone is finding another job. Now
I question myself, “Should I pursuit an MSW?” My bachelor is in Criminal
Justice minor in psychology. Hey, David what’s your e-mail? May be we can
discuss a little bit about social work. TY

Enchanteralle says:

I am a mental health clinician, but my degree is not in social work, it’s
MFT. I work w/ SMI population in an underserved community and due to the
nature of this population, a lot of case management is involved so I do
both therapy + case management. I truly have a passion working w/ this
population, but it’s hard to dodge challenges existing in the mental health
system. What’s important is that you need a supportive group of people at
work (co-workers, supervisors, etc.) in order to keep you motivated in what
you do. Unfortunately, the management at my work place is getting worse day
by day. The management team’s interest isn’t in improving the quality of
care and services to clients, but filling their own pockets w/ $$ from the
agency. It’s really discouraging to work my best knowing that I work so
hard to “support” the “people upstairs.” Also, my job requires me to work
w/ tons of medical professionals. The psychiatrists at my work place are
fine, they understand our work, but PCP from outpatient medical clinics are
still not catching up w/ the whole integrative healthcare approach. It’s
frustrating. Many times, I feel like I’m stuck in a grey area and no one
has answers for issues existing in the failing healthcare and mental health
system. And lastly, mental health clinicians and social workers really
deserve to get paid more. I’m sure some places pay them well, but in
general, they are underpaid.

Prometheus Complex says:

What a scum bag… [summed up:] “it’s all about the money, and that’s a
good thing..” and people wonder why the vast majority of people look down
on social workers. You manufacture problems in order to keep the needy
population numbers up to increase the “need” for funding and expansion.
You’re a sociopath.

Melba Morales says:

you are so right! I am currently in a long sick leave due to excessive
work load, unrealistic expectations, and even verbal/emotional mistreatment
at work. I am a pschiatric social worker at a large agency in Los Angeles.
I want to come back to work because it is my passion but I will be taking
better care of myself in the future. thanks you for your video. 

True Adani says:

So what concentration did you go for? Which school? Please share your
experiences in the actual program and what career path are you on? Greatly
appreciated! Thanks for video

Blamehoffman2501 says:

In the U.S. can you get an MSW right away like that? I only ask because in
Canada we need 3 years in the field for most Universities to accept you to
an MSW program.

singlemansurvival says:

Social workers are pathetic and just as crazy as the people they’re trying
to help.

David Kwon says:

Thx for the comment. It’s def something to be mindful about in this
profession. In my experience though, the concept of compassion fatigue and
vicarious trauma was taught in my school. At one point we had a session
where the entire class discussed it at length for a good hour or so. I’d
imagine many other social work schools teach about this topic as well, or
is that not the case?

QSH6H says:

I’m a social worker, I got my bachelor 7 Months a go and I still cant find
any freaking job… I’m really disappointed -.-…

David Kwon says:

sorry to hear that. It took me a little over a year for me to find a job
after I got my BSW, and it was as a tutor in a non-profit education
company, so not even technically a social work job. But I mean, I’m in NYC,
where one doesn’t become a social worker without at least an MSW. That’s
the case for most big states, like CA, IL, DL, etc. If you’re in the
mid-western/southern states, you can get social work jobs with a BSW, but
still really hard to do so w/o accreditation and yrs of experience

David Kwon says:

Yeah, that’s a very challenging field as well and I expect that field to
have really high burnout rate as well. Props to you for having stuck it out
for 3 months so far. I hope you don’t lose heart. Keep doing the awesome
work that you do, and if things get too tough, don’t be afraid to seek help
from your colleagues and supervisors, and try to make sure your life
outside work is a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable. One day at a time, you’re
doing really important work! 🙂

MrDinosaurSex says:

Wonder what the average age for refugee support workers are, I’m 3 months
in the job and i’m already starting to feel exhausted

kurai shourai says:

It’s important to create a balance between all circumstances of work and
personal thoughts and feelings. An ongoing exchange with colleagues and
practical methods of dealing with all impressions of such work is
important, too. I don’t know how e.g. “psychotherapists” deal with it in
their profession within the US. But many of them in Germany go on vacation
several times a year. Such methods could protect your soul and confirm
yourself with respect to “Why I’m doing it and why is it important?”

David Kwon says:

Yea that’s problematic if those schools don’t discuss it. It is an
important issue, and that’s really awesome that you coach the people in the
helping profession. You’re definitely doing really important and awesome
work. And thanks for the comment. 🙂

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