5 Steps to a Day in the Life of a Social Worker-National Association of Social Workers CEO

As told by Leslie Knope

By Eliza Adler


  • Step One: Wake up early! Get caught up on the daily news, since political issues are important to social workers. Leave the house and get to work on time!


  • Step Two: Always be organized! Even with assistants, it can be hard to keep the workload straight when you are a CEO. Make sure to always keep your phone handy to check emails, you can get a lot done without even having to be at a desk.


  • Step Three: Remember to pay attention to detail! Don’t let people publish articles or marketing materials with your name on them without reviewing them first. Anything that goes online will be there forever, and a small mistake could cause a big problem.


  • Step Four: Make sure to get enough rest! The work days for a CEO are long, and after-work dinners and meetings are not uncommon. Also, weekend travel is a large part of the job, which means that you don’t get the weekend off to recuperate.


  • Step Five: Love your job! With a career that takes over so much of your life, passion is a requirement. Social work is a passion and values-driven profession, and a CEO in the field is no exception. Be there for the right reasons and each day will be an adventure.



(Grobman, 2012. The Daily Life of NASW’s Executive Director by Elizabeth J. Clark, page 315-318)

10 Things the Public Doesn’t Know About Social Workers

As told by Parks and Recreation

By: Eliza Adler


  1. Social workers can be employed in many settings, including hospitals, schools, and charity organizations. (DiNitto&McNeese, 2008. Page 1-3.)


  1. They aren’t baby snatchers! Social workers who are employed with Child Protective Services, or CPS, aim to provide a safe environment for children and counsel families. (ofcs.ny.gov)


  1. The majority of social workers are female! In fact, about 83% of students enrolled in social work Masters programs are female. (DiNitto&McNeese, 2008. Page 18).


  1. Social workers follow many guidelines concerning their values and ethics. They have to be in good moral standing to be licensed. Their education studies values heavily to make sure candidates are right for the line of work. (DiNitto&McNeese, 2008. Page 15.)


  1. Most social workers love their jobs! They chose the profession because they care. They are likely to describe their lives as exciting and have a positive self-image. (DiNitto&McNeese, 2008. Page 25).


  1. Social workers make, on average, about $45,000 per year (according to a national survey of social workers). The lowest 10% make under $25,000 per year and 25% make over $60,000.


  1. Social workers are different than counselors or therapists. Counselors focus more on a relationship with their patient, whereas social workers focus on changing the external factors in a patient’s life. (DiNitto&McNeese, 2008. Page 12.)


9. The social work field aims to help at-risk populations. They have a focus on social justice, and want everyone’s rights to be equal. (DiNitto&McNeese, 2008. Page 16)


  1. The social work job market is expanding! This is likely caused by demographic changes as a large population in the US ages and many social workers retire. So, students, this is good news for you! (DiNitto&McNeese, 2008. Page 26).