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NASW’s Workforce Center offers new online career guide

By Rena Malai, News staff

NASW’s Center for Workforce Studies & Social Work Practice is introducing a series of guides for social workers called Tools and Techniques, which offers members an online resource on what to expect throughout the course of their careers in terms of compensation, job duties and education requirements.

“Tools and Techniques is a more hands-on approach, giving social workers a new way to navigate their careers,” said Tracy Whitaker, the center’s director.

First in the series is “NASW Salary Guidelines,” offering social workers a guide that lists suggested annual salary ranges in the social work field as it relates to years of experience and education.

“Having these tools can help to negotiate an appropriate salary,” Whitaker said, adding that the more resources a social worker has, the better informed they are.

The Tools and Techniques series will pull resources together and offer a one-stop shop for information that members can access on the center’s website under a variety of topics.

“So many social workers work independently and don’t interact with colleagues on a daily basis,” Whitaker said. “We want to help make sure they have a supportive network around them and access to resources available at a national level.”

For more information on the next guide offered in the Tools and Techniques series, check the NASW News for updates or visit http://workforce.socialworkers.org

From the October 2012 NASW News.

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