Becoming a social worker is one of those careers where it’s not just a job, it’s a calling. Social workers care deeply about making a difference in both people’s and communities’ lives. Their role is to provide support, protection, and assistance to those in need and who are vulnerable or in crisis.
It’s also a very rewarding career with many opportunities in South Africa.
If helping people is your passion, then a career in social work could be for you!
To become a professional social worker, you will need a university degree.
There are many universities and institutions that offer these degrees.
Entry requirements differ per institution, but a National Senior Certificate is required for becoming a professional generally required school subjects for National Senior Certificate include:
Professional social workers in South Africa typically study between 3-5 years. (Postgraduate studies also available)
You will have to register with the South African Council for Social Service Professions in order to legally practise professionally as a social worker.
Employment opportunities include opportunities in the private sector, welfare organizations and governmental or non-governmental organisations
To find more information about professional social workers, contact the South African Council for Social Service Professionals.