Learn about the types of people who become family social workers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2024

91% of family social workers work in full-time roles while 9% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a family social worker. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming family social workers at a ratio of 2.43 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

83% of family social workers are female and 17% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a family social worker and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a family social worker and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming a family social worker than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of family social workers are White, making up 64% of the population. The next highest segments are Black or African American and Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish, making up 17% and 10% respectively.