Family Social Worker

Family social workers may make a difference in people’s lives. They may assist families with domestic situations, employment problems, disabilities, health disorders, housing issues and child protection. Family social worker schools provide students the opportunity to learn about issues such as crisis intervention, employment assessment, gerontology, homelessness, job training, poverty, substance abuse and more.

A bachelor’s degree in social work may provide you with the education to qualify for an entry-level position in a social agency as an administrative assistant or even a case worker. A master’s degree is typically favored by employers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. All states in the nation may require some type of formal licensing, registration or certification prior to employment. A master’s degree in social work, or MWS, may often be required in school settings, for clinical positions, and in public or private social service agencies. Most master’s degree programs may take two years to complete and coursework often focuses on subjects such as ethics, public administration, and social research.

Family social worker salary and career outlook

A family social worker salary may vary widely based on the employee’s academic training, job experience and continuing education. Wages also vary by type of employer or agency, geographic location and program funding. According to BLS in 2010, the median annual salary earned by a family social worker was $40,680. Leading employers, in order of total number of workers, were state government agencies, individual and family service organizations, local government agencies, and public schools. The BLS projects a 12 percent increase in openings for family social workers between 2008 and 2018. Jobs for medical and public health social workers are expected to increase by 22 percent during the same time period.