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Community and Social Services Careers | Family / School / General Social Worker

Family / School / General Social Worker

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Provide specialized assistance to vulnerable families and children. Intervene in crisis situations; evaluate individual and family needs, help clients get access to health care, mental health care or social services such as housing assistance. Advocate for clients and provide follow up visits. May work with teachers, parents and school administrators to help students improve academically and deal with social issues such as bullying.

Job Outlook

There were 2829 Family / School / General Social Worker job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 96445 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Family / School / General Social Worker industry, which includes the Family / School / General Social Worker career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Family / School / General Social Worker jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $51,682.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $47,831.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Family / School / General Social Worker postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $42,091.

Education and Experience

Posted Family / School / General Social Worker jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree1%
Bachelor's Degree25%
Master's Degree67%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other5%

Posted Family / School / General Social Worker jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years72%
3 to 5 years26%
6 to 8 years1%
9+ years1%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Family / School / General Social Worker positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (26%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (23%)
  • Planning (18%)
  • Building Effective Relationships (14%)
  • English (13%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Social Work (65%)
  • Case Management (29%)
  • Mental Health (28%)
  • Treatment Planning (26%)
  • Social Services (21%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Psychology (12%)
  • Patient Care (12%)
  • Scheduling (8%)
  • Care Planning (8%)
  • Customer Service (7%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Trauma (6%)
  • Caregiving (5%)
  • Family Therapy (5%)
  • Mental Illness (4%)
  • Psychotherapy (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Family / School / General Social Worker skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Social Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Social Worker Msw
  • Family Advocate
  • Family Support Specialist

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Family / School / General Social Worker jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Department of Veterans Affairs (4100)
  • Soliant (988)
  • Davita Incorporated (803)
  • Fresenius (774)
  • Hospital Corporation of America (722)

North Carolina

  • Wakemed (82)
  • Cumberland County (79)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (78)
  • Atrium Health (70)
  • Alamance County Government (52)

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