Social care is a field for those driven to help improve people's lives. There are a wide variety of support services available, for groups such as the elderly, the homeless or the unemployed. Working in this field will mean active workplaces where you will be helping people who are facing challenges in their lives. As a society we are becoming more aware of the importance of caring for mental health. Psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors are professionals who assist people in caring for their mental health. They can work in one to one situations and with companies.
Approximately 124,500 persons were employed in the psychological and social care sector, representing 5.6% of the national workforce. About half of the workers in this sector are Care and Home Care workers. Employment is growing in this occupation as a result of the aging population in Ireland. Many are employed in part-time roles; the recent job hire analysis and the high number of job ready jobseekers previously employed in this occupation indicate that churn is a significant factor in this occupation.
The National Skills Bulletin 2018 reports that growth for other occupational groups in this sector is typically below average, mainly due to declining demographics. While no shortages in Social workers and Welfare professionals were identified, demand is evident for social work services in Ireland.
Social workers work with the disadvantaged, offering assistance so they can engage fully with society and live full active lives.
Social care workers typically support social workers in implementing care plans by providing the support, practical and emotional, the person in need requires.
Psychologists study human behaviour and how we think, developing an understanding of human thought, emotion and behaviour.