Industry Guide
Industry Guide

Social Work

Social work has seen a rise in importance due to the pandemic, as these essential workers support those suffering from loneliness, stress and anxiety. Social workers enjoy a variety of careers. The sector has over 30 job roles available, where individuals can make a meaningful impact across diverse career fields such as corporate services, counselling and psychology.
Industry Guide: Social Work
Fast Facts
The Social Service Tribe is made up of more than 15,000 professionals working in over 450 social service agencies
expected to be employed in this sector by 2025
to support social service agencies and build a giving culture in Singapore Budget 2020
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
  • Supervision
  • Programme Development
  • Implementation and Evaluation
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.

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.


  • 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.

Volunteer Manager

  • Diploma or Degree in any field
  • 2 - 3 years experience
  • $3,000 - $4,000/month
  • A Volunteer Manager coordinates, organises 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.