Explore Careers - Job Market Report
Social workers help individuals, couples, families, groups, communities and organizations develop the skills and resources they need to enhance social functioning and provide counselling, therapy and referral to other supportive social services. Social workers also respond to other social needs and issues such as unemployment, racism and poverty. They are employed by hospitals, school boards, social service agencies, child welfare organizations, correctional facilities, community agencies, employee assistance programs and Aboriginal band councils, or they may work in private practice.
co-ordinator of social work, medical social worker, psychiatric social worker, social work supervisor, social worker.
- Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, to assess their situation and problems and determine the types of services required
- Provide counsel and therapy to assist clients in developing skills to deal with and resolve their social and personal problems
- Plan programs of assistance for clients including referral to agencies that provide financial assistance, legal aid, housing, medical treatment and other services
- Investigate cases of child abuse or neglect and take authorized protective action when necessary
- Serve as members on interdisciplinary teams of professionals working with client groups
- Act as advocates for client groups in the community, lobby for solutions to problems directly affecting client groups and develop prevention and intervention programs to meet community needs
- Develop or advise on social policy legislation, conduct social research and assist in community development
- Provide mediation services and psychosocial assessments
- Evaluate the effectiveness of counselling and social programs
- May provide public education and consultation to professionals or groups regarding counselling services, issues and methods
- May supervise other social workers.
Social workers may specialize in fields of practice such as child welfare, family services, corrections, gerontology or addictions.
Ottawa, Gloucester, Nepean, Brockville, Cornwall, Vanier, Carleton Place, Clarence-Rockland, Gananoque, Hawkesbury, Mississippi Mills, Perth, Prescott, Smiths Falls, Bourget, Buckham's Bay, Clarence, Constance Bay, Embrun, Hazeldean, Kars, Old Stittsville, Richmond, Rockland, Rockland East, Russell, South March, South March Station, Stittsville, St-Onge
Outlook & Prospects for Social Workers in Ottawa Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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|Ottawa Region||<Not assigned>||2012-03-22|
Compared to other occupations, this is not a significant occupation in this region.
Employment prospects for social workers are expected to be average in Ontario in 2012-2013. Demand in this occupation is mostly dependent on funding from all levels of government, while the supply is somewhat restricted by high educational requirements. Prospects could moderate with tighter government spending expected over the next few years. Employment in the occupation has increased slowly but steadily over the last decade to meet the changing needs of a growing, aging population. Some growth areas have included mental health services, services to the elderly, palliative care and community-based outreach services.
Social workers comprise an occupation grouping of a fair size. According to the 2006 census, there were over 19,600 social workers in Ontario. Some job openings will arise from replacement demand as workers leave or retire. Individuals with a master's degree will have the best job opportunities.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Mar 04 – Mar 08, 2013
- Bruyere Continuing Care will be eliminating between 120 and 150 positions to help deal with a $4.2M deficit. The company operates healthcare facilities such as the Elizabeth Bruyere Health Centre and the Saint-Vincent chronic care hospital.
Week of Jan 28 – Feb 01, 2013
- The Ottawa Hospital announced 290 nursing and administrative layoffs, but expects most affected workers to be reassigned to other vacant positions in the hospital
Week of Jan 21 – Jan 25, 2013
Week of May 14 – May 18, 2012
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