The Everything Guide to Government Jobs: A Complete Handbook to Hundreds of Lucrative Opportunities across the Nation

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Chapter 10
Social Services

People sometimes need a helping hand, and they often turn to the government for that help. It is estimated that 50 percent of the federal budget goes to entitlement programs. The government is heavily invested in the helping business, and that means it has a wide variety of potential job opportunities for prospective helpers.


Social Workers

People who go into social work usually have an interest in the welfare of others, as well as a desire to help people in need. Social workers help their clients become more functional members of society by working to improve their relationships and personal and family problems. They work with clients facing everything from inadequate housing to unemployment to a serious illness, addiction, or disability. Social workers also help people who have domestic problems like child or spousal abuse. Most social workers have a specialty. They might focus on social issues pertaining to the elderly or to families and children, for instance, or they might work with people who suffer from chronic diseases, mental illness, or substance abuse.


Children and Families

Some social workers work with children, families, and schools to provide assistance to improve the social and psychological condition of children and their families. These social workers are called child welfare social workers, family services social workers, child protective services social workers, and/or occupational social workers. Some help single parents, arrange adoptions, or help find foster homes for neglected and abused children. In schools, they deal with teenage pregnancy, misconduct, and truancy issues. They guide the

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