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Social Worker

Kaimahi Toko i te Ora

Social workers provide advice, advocacy and support to people with personal and social problems. They also help with community and social issues.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733


Social workers usually earn
per year
Source: Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Job opportunities


Chances of getting a job as a social worker are good due to a shortage of people in the role.

How to get into this job

Usually required

A recognised qualification, such as a:

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Applied Social Service, majoring in social work
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Social and Community Work
  • Masters in Social Work
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Updated 13 Dec 2013