Child, Family, and School Social Workers

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What do they do?

Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.

Also known as:

Adoption Social Worker, Case Manager, Case Worker, Caseworker, Child Protective Services Social Worker (CPS Social Worker), Child Protective Services Specialist, Early Intervention Specialist, Family Manager, Family Preservation Caseworker, Family Protection Specialist, Family Resource Coordinator, Family Service Caseworker, Family Service Worker, Foster Care Social Worker, School Social Worker, Social Worker, Youth Services Specialist

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Child, Family, and School Social Workers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Child, Family, and School Social Workers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #27 in job growth rate
  • 1,040

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #12 in net job growth

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Majors that prepare Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.5%)
  • Master's degree (33.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (41.1%)
  • Associate's degree (6.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (10.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (5.6%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.9%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Write reports or evaluations.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress.
  • Arrange physical or mental health services for clients.
  • Advocate for individual or community needs.
  • Counsel clients regarding educational or vocational issues.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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