Child, Family, and School Social Workers (21-1021)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 887927 4.54 2226
United States 305,200324,200 6.21,900 7,3509,250

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 22.8413.3716.46 20.7927.2836.13
Alaska 23.6213.7417.17 22.5228.6935.55
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 23.3913.0815.79 22.8828.8033.43
Fairbanks North Star Borough 22.9713.3116.79 21.3427.9437.26
Southeast Region 23.2413.9416.73 22.9828.1635.33
Balance of State 24.6216.1217.98 21.8529.1038.87

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,177104 8.835.5 25.8
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation317
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation137
UI claimants previously working in occupation107
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 713
Number of job position postings 300
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.4

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University   (JBER)
Human Factors MS

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Allied Health – Human Services Emphasis AA

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Children's Mental Health Lic
Clinical Social Work Practice Lic
Social Work Bac
Social Work Mas
Social Work Management Lic

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Social Work Bac

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Social Work Bac

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi   (Kotzebue)
Social Work Bac

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Social Work Bac

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
Social Work Bac

Wayland Baptist University   (Anchorage)
Counseling (MA) MA