This bachelor paper deals with the topic burnout by social workers. The focus of this paper is especially on the point of view how far the academic studies and professional life could bring a burnout forward and if they also might have a preventive character. The term burnout will be specified at the beginning of this paper, as well as the process of this illness. Furthermore the parameters, which bring a burnout on, will be explained, as well as the risks and illnesses, which go along with long continuing stress. The main part of this paper deals with the fact, how far the academic studies and professional life of social workers could generate a burnout and which measures can be used for prevention. In the last part the significant perceptions are shortly summed up, as well as a forward-looking perspective will close this paper.