Child and Family Social Worker Overview
Whenever you hear about families living below the poverty line, children having a lack of nutritious food or reports of child abuse, a child and family social worker is likely coming to the rescue. These are the professionals who try to improve the quality of life for children. Often this job deals with a range of messy social issues that could include abuse, homelessness, poverty, discrimination or illness. Child and family social workers are concerned with the social and psychological functioning of kids and their families. Daily responsibilities range from removing a 6-year-old from a foster home where she hasn’t received proper care to finalizing the adoption of an 8-year-old who will be placed in the hands of a loving family.
There’s ample job opportunity for people who feel a calling to help underprivileged children. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects 6 percent employment growth for child and family social workers between 2014 and 2024. That translates to approximately 19,000 new social worker positions to fill.
$42,350 Median Salary
2.1% Unemployment Rate
19000 Number of Jobs
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Social workers who specialize in children and family welfare made a median salary of $42,350 in 2015, according to the BLS. The best-paid 10 percent in the field earned around $73,400, while the lowest-paid made approximately $27,690. The school system offers some of the best salaries for this position. The top-paying metropolitan areas include Springfield, Illinois; Hartford, Connecticut; and Nassau County, New York.
75th Percentile. $55,410
25th Percentile. $33,790
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You can begin working as a social worker with a bachelor’s degree as a caseworker or mental health assistant. Coursework in psychology, sociology, economics and political science are likely to be useful on the job. Positions in schools and health care often require a master’s degree in social work, which generally takes two years to complete and requires an internship. Some states require a minimum number of supervised hours to begin working in the field full time, and all states have licensing requirements to practice.
Average Americans work well into their 60s, so workers might as well have a job that’s enjoyable and a career that’s fulfilling. A job with a low stress level, good work-life balance and solid prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary would make many employees happy. Here’s how this job’s satisfaction is rated in terms of upward mobility, stress level and flexibility.
Upward Mobility. Average
Opportunities for advancements and salary
Stress Level. High
Work environment and complexities of the job s responsibilities
Flexibility. Above Average
Alternative working schedule and work life balance