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Community worker

What does a community worker do?

Those working in community development are passionate about improving opportunities and conditions within a local community. A community worker (also known as a community development officer or community service worker) will assess and address local needs and issues, often relating to housing, recreation, health, employment and welfare. This involves liaising with key stakeholders including community groups, government, not-for-profit organisations, welfare agencies, and businesses. Developing these relationships and networks is an essential part of community work and is fundamental to implementing meaningful social initiatives.

Is a career as a community worker right for me?

If you like to make things happen, enjoy change and are good at listening, you may enjoy being a community worker. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include: 

  • good interpersonal skills 
  • empathy
  • emotional intelligence 
  • strong advocacy and networking skills
  • an analytical mind
  • strong oral and written communication skills 
  • good problem-solving and creative thinking abilities.

How to become a community worker

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career goals. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in community work:
Average salary per week
Future demand
Very Strong

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Last updated May 2024.

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