Case Manager, Family Protection Specialist, Family Service Worker, School Social Worker
In the Air Force:
Airman and Family Readiness Center Readiness NCO; Chaplain; Mental Health Service; Mental Health Service Craftsman; Mental Health Service Journeyman; Mental Health Service Superintendent; Religious Affairs; Religious Affairs Craftsman; Religious Affairs Journeyman; Religious Affairs Superintendent
In the Army:
Behavioral Sciences; Clinical Psychology; Command and Unit Chaplain; Medical Service Corps Officer; Religious Affairs Specialist; Social Work
In the Marine Corps:
Correctional Counselor; Substance Abuse Control Officer; Substance Abuse Control Specialist
In the Navy:
Behavioral Health Technician; Chaplain; Chaplain Specialist; Clinical Psychologist; Clinical Social Worker; Family Services Center Director; Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor; Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor Intern; Navy Primary Prevention (PP) and Human Factors Process (HFP) Advanced Professional Development Train the Trainer Certification; Supervisory Chaplain
In an ideal world, every family would be stable and supportive, and every child’s needs would be met. But in reality, families who live in poverty, with mental illness, chemical abuse, or other issues, may need the help of child, family, and school social workers to find their way. An important role of these social workers is to help clients understand the range of services available to them, connect them to organizations and programs that will help them, and teach them how to advocate for themselves in the future. Good record keeping of conversations and activity is critical. Child and family social workers protect vulnerable children and help families function more effectively. They often connect families with housing, child care, and welfare assistance. They may promote better parenting skills, coordinate adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. School social workers deal with problems like bullying, truancy, and teenage pregnancy, and they may also advise teachers. Some travel to multiple schools in a school district. Child, family, and school social workers work for government agencies, non-profits, school systems, and in residential facilities. A bachelor’s degree in social work is the most common requirement to enter the field, though many also earn a master’s in social work. While the work can be emotionally taxing, child, family, and school social workers help lighten the load for struggling children and families, and give them hope for a brighter future.
What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
Maintain case history records and prepare reports.
Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
Serve as liaisons between students, homes, schools, family services, child guidance clinics, courts, protective services, doctors, and other contacts to help children who face problems, such as disabilities, abuse, or poverty.
therapy and counseling
Math and Science
sociology and anthropology
Arts and Humanities
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
talking to others
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
understanding people's reactions
looking for ways to help people
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
Concern for Others
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Student information systems SIS
Computer based training software
bachelor's degree or master's degree usually needed
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.