Industry Guide
Industry Guide

Social Work

Safe-distancing and self-isolation requirements have thrown the role of social workers into the spotlight. These professionals have been integral in helping people deal with loneliness, stress and anxiety during the Covid-19 period, as well as helping their beneficiaries plan for the future. A career in social work starts with a giving heart and ends with making a difference.
Industry Guide: Social Work
Fast Facts
social service organisations in Singapore
expected to be employed in this sector by 2025
$350 M
to support social service agencies and build giving culture in Singapore Budget 2020
Industry Guide: Social Work
Industry Outlook
Social workers empower the vulnerable and those in need, dedicating their careers to compassionate care. Locally, they focus on five social areas: children and youth, disabilities and special needs, families and mental health and seniors. Serving in voluntary welfare organisations, social enterprises, professional associations and other sector organisations, the professionals in this sector work hand-in-hand each day to empower lives.
Key Skills
  • Change Management
  • Collaboration
  • Programme Development
  • Implementation and Evaluation
  • Supervision
Relevant Jobs

Social Worker

  • Diploma or Degree in Social Work
  • 0-2 years experience
  • $3,000-$4,000/month
  • A Social Worker, also called a Social Work Associate, is qualified to assist in providing interventions and programmes, perform community development work and generally uplift and uphold the professional practice of social work. A Social Worker's portfolio includes coordinating casework, group work and community development activities and programmes, supporting community events and performing administrative functions. As he or she normally works in a team, a responsive and collaborative attitude is a must.


  • Masters degree in Psychology, Counselling or related fields
  • 2-3 years experience
  • $3,000-$6,000/month
  • A Psychologist provides psychological services within multi-disciplinary settings, applying a wide array of psychometric assessments and treatments for clients with psychological conditions. The job may also require a Psychologist to conduct educational programmes and/or train other professionals. Psychologists are employed in a variety of social work settings from hospitals, voluntary welfare organisations, private institutions and others. Due to this wide variance of work, starting salaries for psychologists differ greatly.

Youth Worker

  • Diploma or Degree in Social Work
  • 0-2 years experience
  • $2,200-$3,500/month
  • Focusing on developing youths into well-adjusted and contributing members of society, the Youth Worker provides interventions and programmes to teenagers. This occupation includes developing and implementing casework, group work and community development activities and programmes. The Youth Worker works in schools, communities and youth sector organisations to guide youths in their personal, social and mental development.

Volunteer Manager

  • Diploma or Degree in any field
  • 2-3 years experience
  • $3,000-$4,000/month
  • A Volunteer Manager coordinates, organizes and recruits volunteers. This may include evaluating existing strategies, and proposing and implementing new ones. Volunteer Managers also identify and explore opportunities for collaboration, whether with other social service organisations, community stakeholders or corporate partners. This role would require polished organisational skills and effective resource management for success.