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Family and School Social Workers

Family and school social workers provide social services and a variety of assistance with the objective of enhancing the functioning of families. They evaluate peoples' needs and provide help in order to improve their lives. Family and school social workers frequently coordinate the appropriate services for children or their families. Some family and school social workers have a specialty such as homelessness, domestic violence, foster care or child protective services.

In school settings family and school social workers serve as a connection between students' families and schools. They deal with parents, guardians, teachers and other school representatives with the goal of ensuring students reach their personal and academic potential. They also help students that are dealing with emotional problems or stress.

Some school social workers help children that have disabilities and they also help their families. School social workers also deal with teenage pregnancy and drug and alcohol problems.

Some sample job titles are family service worker, school social worker, foster care social worker, family services social worker, child protective services social worker, child welfare social worker, family protection specialist, social worker, youth services specialist and child protective services social worker.

Responsibilities

  • Help single parents find daycare for their children
  • Create and review service plans with clients and evaluate the quality and quantity of provided services
  • Find foster homes for abused or abandoned children
  • Deal with misbehavior and truancy of students
  • Provide advice to teachers about how to handle difficult students
  • Arrange for adoptions
  • Provide counseling to families and individuals on various issues
  • Interview clients and evaluate their situation, problems and capabilities to determine the appropriate services
  • Prepare reports and maintain case history records
  • Refer clients to community resources

Job Characteristics

Social workers spend some of their time in an office or a residential facility. They also visit clients in their homes and meet with service providers. Often, social workers have large caseloads. Social workers usually work 40 hours a week but sometimes they work during the evenings and on weekends to accommodate their clients' schedules or to deal with emergencies or to attend community meetings.

Social work can be satisfying but also challenging at times. Social workers should be objective, emotionally mature and sensitive to people and their problems. They also need to be able to handle responsibility.

Employment Outlook

In 2008 there were approximately 292,600 child, family and school social worker jobs. From 2008 to 2018 employment for child, family and school social workers is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow by 12 percent which is as fast as the average for all occupations.

Child, family and school social workers had a median annual wage of $39,530 in 2008. Regarding the industries employing the largest number of child, family and school social workers, the highest paying sectors are elementary and secondary schools and local governments.

A master's degree is often required for advancing into positions such as assistant director, program manager or executive director of a social service department or agency.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

For many child, family and school social worker jobs a bachelor's degree in social work is the minimum requirement. Degrees in sociology, psychology and related fields may be sufficient for some entry-level social worker jobs, particularly in small community agencies. Some jobs require an advanced degree.

Jobs in school settings usually require a master's degree in social work. For some jobs employers may prefer those that hold a master's degree in social work with a concentration in administration or social service policy. Advanced degrees are typically necessary for administrative, supervisory and staff training positions.

Bachelor degree programs prepare students for direct service jobs, including group home worker, caseworker and residential counselor. A minimum of 400 hours of supervised field experience is required by accredited programs.

Master's degree programs prepare graduates for employment in selected field of concentration. The master's degree programs usually last for two years and include a minimum of 900 hours of field experience or internship. The program may take part-time students four years to complete.

Every state has licensing, certification or registration requirements regarding social work practice and using professional titles.

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Major Employers

The top employers are individual and family services agencies, state governments, local governments and schools.

Schools for Family And School Social Workers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Family and School Social Workers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Family and School Social Workers jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 810 $36,680
Birmingham 810 $36,680
Montgomery 380 $46,990
Mobile 370 $36,450
Huntsville 280 $37,180
Tuscaloosa 140 $40,900
Jacksonville 130 $34,050
Oxford 130 $34,050
Anniston 130 $34,050
Dothan 130 $37,540
Decatur 110 $40,040
Muscle Shoals 100 $36,880
Florence 100 $36,880
Foley 100 $38,260
Daphne 100 $38,260
Fairhope 100 $38,260
Opelika 80 $38,400
Auburn 80 $38,400
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 660 $47,600
Fairbanks 170 $44,390
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 3940 $35,150
Phoenix 3940 $35,150
Scottsdale 3940 $35,150
Tucson 1440 $34,700
Flagstaff 220 $36,660
Prescott 210 $36,890
Yuma 70 $37,410
Kingman 60 $37,970
Lake Havasu City 60 $37,970
Douglas 50 $37,060
Sierra Vista 50 $37,060
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 360 $33,480
North Little Rock 360 $33,480
Little Rock 360 $33,480
Jonesboro 100 $35,070
Pine Bluff 60 $31,080
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 14310 $54,900
Los Angeles 14310 $54,900
Anaheim 14310 $54,900
San Francisco 3410 $49,520
Oakland 3410 $49,520
Hayward 3410 $49,520
San Diego 2350 $53,640
Carlsbad 2350 $53,640
Riverside 1540 $51,850
San Bernardino 1540 $51,850
Ontario 1540 $51,850
Arcade 1300 $44,670
Sacramento 1300 $44,670
Roseville 1300 $44,670
Arden 1300 $44,670
Sunnyvale 1070 $48,760
Santa Clara 1070 $48,760
San Jose 1070 $48,760
Fresno 830 $39,810
Bakersfield 780 $50,990
Porterville 490 $42,220
Visalia 490 $42,220
Oxnard 450 $55,650
Ventura 450 $55,650
Thousand Oaks 450 $55,650
Lodi 400 $32,290
Stockton 400 $32,290
Modesto 380 $44,750
Santa Barbara 310 $39,480
Santa Maria 310 $39,480
Santa Cruz 290 $44,050
Watsonville 290 $44,050
Redding 270 $31,750
Santa Rosa 250 $41,980
Merced 160 $40,860
Fairfield 130 $29,610
Vallejo 130 $29,610
Chico 130 $44,480
Salinas 120 $41,990
Arroyo Grande 120 $42,370
Paso Robles 120 $42,370
San Luis Obispo 120 $42,370
Napa 110 $51,330
El Centro 90 $43,060
Hanford 90 $44,810
Corcoran 90 $44,810
Madera 70 $41,860
Yuba City N/A $49,010
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 3440 $46,180
Denver 3440 $46,180
Lakewood 3440 $46,180
Colorado Springs 800 $43,300
Boulder 450 $50,130
Fort Collins 430 $38,990
Pueblo 220 $37,740
Grand Junction 200 $43,800
Greeley 140 $55,120
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 2150 $72,650
West Hartford 2150 $72,650
Hartford 2150 $72,650
Stamford 1140 $73,660
Norwalk 1140 $73,660
Bridgeport 1140 $73,660
New Haven 900 $55,280
Waterbury 370 $69,980
Danbury 340 $59,090
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 230 $36,850
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 2840 $41,570
Fort Lauderdale 2840 $41,570
West Palm Beach 2840 $41,570
Tampa 1700 $39,400
Clearwater 1700 $39,400
St. Petersburg 1700 $39,400
Kissimmee 1160 $37,070
Orlando 1160 $37,070
Sanford 1160 $37,070
Jacksonville 640 $38,620
Fort Myers 420 $38,280
Cape Coral 420 $38,280
Gainesville 360 $36,650
Winter Haven 300 $45,030
Lakeland 300 $45,030
Bradenton 280 $36,170
North Port 280 $36,170
Sarasota 280 $36,170
Daytona Beach 250 $35,390
Deltona 250 $35,390
Ormond Beach 250 $35,390
Destin 210 $22,860
Crestview 210 $22,860
Fort Walton Beach 210 $22,860
Ferry Pass 210 $37,120
Brent 210 $37,120
Pensacola 210 $37,120
Port St. Lucie 170 $36,090
Tallahassee 160 $37,700
Titusville 140 $37,510
Palm Bay 140 $37,510
Melbourne 140 $37,510
Vero Beach 80 $36,670
Sebastian 80 $36,670
Ocala 60 $41,910
Sebring 40 $39,500
Homosassa Springs 30 $30,020
The Villages 30 $37,390
Immokalee N/A $30,190
Naples N/A $30,190
Marco Island N/A $30,190
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 3140 $37,290
Atlanta 3140 $37,290
Roswell 3140 $37,290
Macon 330 $35,470
Albany 330 $35,900
Savannah 270 $34,260
Brunswick 160 $30,690
Valdosta 140 $36,520
Clarke County 130 $36,410
Athens 130 $36,410
Dalton 90 $34,570
Gainesville 90 $35,700
Rome 90 $37,440
Hinesville 80 $31,780
Warner Robins 80 $34,460
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 1160 $53,670
Lahaina 250 $60,270
Wailuku 250 $60,270
Kahului 250 $60,270
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 740 $40,470
Coeur d'Alene 150 $43,810
Pocatello 100 $38,040
Idaho Falls 90 $37,380
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 380 $69,920
Rockford 280 $44,960
Bloomington 220 $48,570
Champaign 170 $43,250
Urbana 170 $43,250
Decatur 120 $43,300
Marion 90 $58,320
Carbondale 90 $58,320
Kankakee 70 $54,250
Danville 50 $44,570
Peoria N/A $41,010
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 1530 $37,950
Anderson 1530 $37,950
Carmel 1530 $37,950
Fort Wayne 630 $35,460
West Lafayette 230 $34,120
Lafayette 230 $34,120
Goshen 190 $39,920
Elkhart 190 $39,920
Muncie 160 $36,170
Kokomo 130 $36,170
Terre Haute 120 $36,900
Bloomington 110 $36,920
La Porte 50 $39,480
Michigan City 50 $39,480
Columbus N/A $36,800
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 730 $42,850
Des Moines 730 $42,850
Cedar Rapids 530 $42,380
Cedar Falls 160 $29,240
Waterloo 160 $29,240
Iowa City 160 $38,170
Ames 80 $38,400
Dubuque 70 $25,890
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 440 $44,010
Topeka 130 $49,830
Lawrence 70 $43,800
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 780 $37,750
Fayette 780 $37,750
Bowling Green 290 $35,560
Fort Knox 270 $36,630
Elizabethtown 270 $36,630
Owensboro 260 $40,570
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 420 $53,400
New Orleans 420 $53,400
Baton Rouge 140 $56,380
Shreveport 110 $39,610
Bossier City 110 $39,610
Lafayette 100 $53,760
Houma 50 $56,470
Thibodaux 50 $56,470
Alexandria 40 $40,860
Monroe 40 $45,380
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 360 $48,210
Portland 360 $48,210
Auburn 170 $43,540
Lewiston 170 $43,540
Bangor 160 $42,540
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 2510 $47,860
Towson 2510 $47,860
Columbia 2510 $47,860
Lexington Park N/A $42,240
California N/A $42,240
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 170 $44,530
Gardner 160 $28,960
Leominster 160 $28,960
Barnstable Town 150 $45,760
Pittsfield 70 $42,740
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 5390 $45,650
Detroit 5390 $45,650
Warren 5390 $45,650
Grand Rapids 1850 $44,020
Wyoming 1850 $44,020
Lansing 650 $46,450
East Lansing 650 $46,450
Portage 560 $48,540
Kalamazoo 560 $48,540
Ann Arbor 510 $45,800
Flint 490 $51,320
Jackson 310 $40,700
Battle Creek 280 $44,960
Saginaw 210 $49,120
Muskegon 210 $54,930
Bay City 170 $45,800
Benton Harbor 160 $46,850
Niles 160 $46,850
Monroe 130 $48,000
Midland 110 $43,370
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 280 $64,350
St. Cloud 190 $53,060
Mankato 180 $52,140
North Mankato 180 $52,140
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 650 $32,100
Pascagoula 410 $32,110
Biloxi 410 $32,110
Gulfport 410 $32,110
Hattiesburg 130 $32,110
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 560 $34,560
Columbia 410 $35,250
Jefferson City 290 $33,740
Joplin 240 $32,310
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 330 $32,600
Billings 300 $35,970
Great Falls 100 $25,930
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 420 $38,620
Grand Island 100 $36,750
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 2350 $45,700
Henderson 2350 $45,700
Las Vegas 2350 $45,700
Reno 520 $50,060
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 50 $55,860
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 390 $50,960
Hammonton 130 $58,810
Atlantic City 130 $58,810
Bridgeton 130 $60,000
Vineland 130 $60,000
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 990 $38,180
Las Cruces 190 $45,960
Santa Fe 170 $51,300
Farmington 120 $37,250
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 1260 $57,060
Troy 1260 $57,060
Schenectady 1260 $57,060
Niagara Falls 1250 $39,980
Cheektowaga 1250 $39,980
Buffalo 1250 $39,980
Rochester 1070 $50,780
Syracuse 500 $48,950
Utica 240 $48,980
Rome 240 $48,980
Binghamton 220 $39,190
Kingston 160 $49,940
Elmira 100 $52,740
Fort Drum 80 $39,710
Watertown 80 $39,710
Ithaca 80 $55,900
Glens Falls 60 $49,370
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 1020 $47,450
Durham 900 $47,390
Chapel Hill 900 $47,390
Asheville 540 $40,120
Fayetteville 520 $44,280
Hickory 470 $43,580
Morganton 470 $43,580
Lenoir 470 $43,580
Greensboro 470 $45,830
High Point 470 $45,830
Salem 420 $43,880
Winston 420 $43,880
Wilmington 290 $50,830
Rocky Mount 210 $38,770
Greenville 200 $44,010
New Bern 150 $40,300
Jacksonville 150 $47,650
Goldsboro 130 $42,500
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 180 $54,830
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 2240 $45,240
Cleveland 2240 $45,240
Columbus 1630 $39,250
Dayton 550 $38,500
Toledo 540 $36,890
Akron 370 $37,000
Canton 270 $30,310
Massillon 270 $30,310
Springfield 130 $36,400
Mansfield 100 $36,870
Lima 80 $39,270
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 3260 $39,110
Tulsa 890 $38,230
Lawton 110 $35,490
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 350 $48,930
Eugene 310 $46,550
Medford 160 $44,430
Redmond 140 $42,480
Bend 140 $42,480
Albany 100 $46,560
Grants Pass 70 $49,690
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 3540 $37,200
Lancaster 790 $36,050
Erie 780 $35,100
Harrisburg 730 $44,160
Carlisle 730 $44,160
Scranton 590 $34,750
Wilkes 590 $34,750
Barre 590 $34,750
Hazleton 590 $34,750
Reading 510 $41,760
Johnstown 460 $37,690
York 380 $35,810
Hanover 380 $35,810
Altoona 200 $29,840
Waynesboro 160 $34,350
Chambersburg 160 $34,350
State College 140 $33,450
Williamsport 130 $35,570
East Stroudsburg 100 $38,740
Berwick 100 $50,280
Bloomsburg 100 $50,280
Gettysburg 80 $35,600
Lebanon 60 $34,500
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 2870 $31,370
Caguas 2870 $31,370
San Juan 2870 $31,370
Ponce 200 $35,490
Isabela 160 $34,980
Aguadilla 160 $34,980
Arecibo 150 $33,150
Mayag�ez 80 $28,490
San German 70 $31,290
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 420 $30,630
Greenville 420 $30,630
Anderson 420 $30,630
North Charleston 410 $34,070
Charleston 410 $34,070
Spartanburg 320 $28,820
Florence 220 $26,270
Beaufort 150 $30,730
Hilton Head Island 150 $30,730
Bluffton 150 $30,730
Columbia N/A $32,600
Sumter N/A $36,520
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 620 $38,790
Rapid City 290 $40,020
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1040 $41,740
Franklin 1040 $41,740
Davidson 1040 $41,740
Nashville 1040 $41,740
Knoxville 910 $40,050
Johnson City 200 $36,340
Morristown 170 $31,440
Jackson 120 $41,690
Cleveland 60 $39,020
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 3350 $42,700
Arlington 3350 $42,700
Fort Worth 3350 $42,700
Houston 3150 $40,340
The Woodlands 3150 $40,340
Sugar Land 3150 $40,340
San Antonio 2050 $43,780
New Braunfels 2050 $43,780
Austin 1600 $41,550
Round Rock 1600 $41,550
Brownsville 480 N/A
Harlingen 480 N/A
El Paso 430 $42,950
Mission 420 $41,030
Edinburg 420 $41,030
McAllen 420 $41,030
Lubbock 370 $39,270
Amarillo 330 $40,150
Waco 330 $41,360
Corpus Christi 290 $40,440
Temple 250 $40,150
Killeen 250 $40,150
Wichita Falls 190 $39,740
Abilene 170 $41,280
Laredo 160 $42,270
Tyler 140 $39,420
San Angelo 140 $40,860
Longview 120 $40,160
Odessa 110 $41,200
Midland 90 $40,150
Victoria 60 $41,740
Sherman 60 $48,360
Denison 60 $48,360
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1020 $36,840
Orem 370 $34,910
Provo 370 $34,910
Ogden 260 $31,590
Clearfield 260 $31,590
St. George 100 N/A
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 590 $40,360
Burlington 590 $40,360
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 1330 $43,550
Charlottesville 390 $42,130
Lynchburg 330 $36,760
Roanoke 310 $37,050
Radford 260 $37,980
Blacksburg 260 $37,980
Christiansburg 260 $37,980
Harrisonburg 90 $43,310
Waynesboro 90 $45,530
Staunton 90 $45,530
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 3160 $49,430
Tacoma 3160 $49,430
Bellevue 3160 $49,430
Spokane Valley 610 $52,450
Spokane 610 $52,450
Yakima 300 $50,180
Tumwater 230 $50,240
Olympia 230 $50,240
Richland 170 N/A
Kennewick 170 N/A
Bellingham 170 $55,050
Mount Vernon 120 $48,010
Anacortes 120 $48,010
Longview 100 $50,020
Wenatchee 60 $50,690
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Beckley 120 $34,930
Vienna 110 $31,290
Parkersburg 110 $31,290
Charleston 110 $34,360
Morgantown 70 N/A
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 1410 $46,320
West Allis 1410 $46,320
Milwaukee 1410 $46,320
Madison 600 $47,880
Green Bay 200 $44,130
Neenah 180 $55,660
Oshkosh 180 $55,660
Eau Claire 160 $45,340
Appleton 140 $37,020
Beloit 60 $39,430
Janesville 60 $39,430
Fond du Lac 40 $42,050
Sheboygan N/A $24,590
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 160 $48,550
Casper 120 $46,540

Most Popular Industries for :
Family and School Social Workers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Government 115,440 42% $42,580
Social Service 76,340 27% $33,970
Education 39,960 14% $52,760
Nursing And Residential Care 15,520 5% $34,840
Non-profit 9,950 3% $34,760
Medical Office 9,610 3% $36,460
Hospital 3,470 1% $44,670
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  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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