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)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 9661,002 3.735 63102
United States 317,600362,600 14.212,200 21,60038,300

Job outlook

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


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 23.2813.7116.86 21.3427.9136.51
Alaska 22.5112.3516.33 21.8127.4833.84
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 23.8313.3316.64 23.4828.7834.49
Fairbanks North Star Borough 22.3413.8216.85 20.8726.9733.04
Southeast Region 18.779.8011.10 17.9923.6728.86
Balance of State 24.1515.7617.91 21.9028.6939.07

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,16498 8.434.4 25.7
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation320
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation139
UI claimants previously working in occupation111
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 750
Number of job position postings 188
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.0

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

 Degree
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University   (JBER)
Human Factors MS

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

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Children's Mental Health GCRT
Computer Systems Engineering BS
Social Work BSW
Social Work MSW
Social Work Management GCRT

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Prince William Sound   (Valdez)
Disability Services AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Social Work BA

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

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi   (Kotzebue)
Social Work BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Social Work BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
Social Work BA

 Degree
Wayland Baptist University   (Anchorage)
Clinical Counseling (MA) MA
Counseling (MA) MA
School Counseling (MA) MA