Information About Child, Family, And School Social Workers

What is this career like?

As a foster care worker, I visited children in their foster homes. I managed a caseload of 15 children, and saw each child two to four times a month. I developed treatment plans for the children, wrote court reports about their progress, made sure their foster homes were safe, and provided training to foster parents. I generally worked 40-45 hours a week. The position required a Master's Degree in Social Work or a closely related field.As an adoption social worker, I interviewed adults who wanted to become adoptive parents. I completed assessments on them, and also provided them with training about the needs of children in foster care. I interviewed families approximately 10 hours, and wrote 20-page assessments detailing why I chose to recommend (or not) their approval as adoptive parents. I attended court hearings when children's adoptions were finalized. In this role, I worked 45-50 hours a week. The position required a Master's Degree in Social Work. A Master's Degree in a closely related field could only be accepted if the State allowed an exception.

Training

Child, family, and school social workers need bachelor's degree.

Degrees for Child, family, and school social workers
Training for Child, Family, And School Social Workers
Percent
Less than High School 1.2
High School 6.2
Some College 10.4
Associates Degree 6.0
Bachelors Degree 42.3
Masters Degree 32.2
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.6

Employment

Represents about 292,000 people in the United States- 2.2% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 36,000 more child, family, and school social workers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 109,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, child, family, and school social workers make $21.35 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Child, family, and school social workers $12.50 $15.60 $19.50 $25.70 $33.60
Community and social services occupations $11.10 $14.40 $19.10 $26.20 $34.10
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, child, family, and school social workers make $44,410 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Child, family, and school social workers $26,190 $32,520 $40,680 $53,650 $70,050
Community and social services occupations $23,160 $29,990 $39,880 $54,650 $71,070
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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