When you hear the words “social work”, the first thing that often comes to mind is a case manager. Case Manager’s are assigned individuals to work with on any number of issues. You may be assigned a homeless individual that you’re helping to get their life back on track, which can mean assisting with securing a job, enrolling in substance abuse groups, and many other aspects. The job comes with long hours and intense personal relationships that can be rewarding, but also carry strong emotional connections, for better and worse.
Required Training and Qualifications
To become a case manager, one must definitely attain a bachelors degree and it’s fairly common to go back to school for a masters degree, many times directly after completion of undergraduate work. Each state has varying licensure and certification requirements, but they all basically follow similar guidelines. Commonly, one will have to express attributes such as compassion, listening skills, problem solving skills, as well as astute organization for maximizing effectiveness with clients.
Salary and Job Outlook Statistics
In 2012, there were nearly 133,000 jobs available in the United States for case managers and it’s projected that there will be just over 160,000 jobs in 2022. This puts job growth for the position around 21%, which is a very promising growth amount and well above the average over the next decade. The median annual wage for case managers was $44,200 in 2012, but there is a fair amount of variation depending on what specifically you work in. Depending on what emphasis a case manager has, median salaries can fluctuate from as low as $39,980 to as high as $54,560.