Social workers provide social support to individuals and communities, coordinate community events, address community or individual problems, offer counselling services, and more. They typically work in community centres, in non-profit organizations, and for the government. They are passionate, community-oriented individuals who care deeply for disadvantaged people.
The educational requirement for this position is a post-secondary undergraduate degree in sociology, social work, psychology, and more. The requirements differ depending on the community in which the social work is being provided.
The job typically alternates between the office and home visits, pays upwards of $30,000 annually, and has full-time hours, but these hours may vary depending on the nature of the social work.
The title of social worker is bestowed upon members of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeute conjugaux et familiaux du Québec [Order of Social Workers and Marital and Family Therapists of Quebec] (OTSTCFQ). This order is mandated by the Office des professions du Québec [Office of Quebec Professions] which means their members have the exclusive right to hold the title and practise the profession. The order is headquartered in Montréal.
Founded on the ideals of protecting the public from unsafe social work, the order actively contributes to upholding their mission and values such as excellence. They offer a variety of members awards such as the Prix Mérite du CIQ (Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec) and, due to their partnership with La Personnelle, offer a grant for university students finishing their degrees in social working. In order to keep their members informed on current events in the field, they publish a news bulletin and even a magazine called Intervention. They also hold annual events for their members such as the Semaine des travailleuses sociales et des travailleurs sociaux. To top it off, they also have their own members directory and host a job board where companies can post available social working positions.
To become a social worker, an applicant must complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree is social service or social work. Additionally, as with all professional orders located in Quebec, applicants must be able to speak French at a professional level of proficiency.
Being mandated by the Office des professions du Québec, the designation gives members the right to practise the discipline and is sure to give applicants entry to a rich and fulfilling career.