We surveyed 2,093 family social workers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical family social worker. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a family social worker?

Low

High

Working as a family social worker typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a family social worker?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a family social worker typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a family social worker?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a family social worker. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for family social workers.

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Do family social workers work full-time or part-time?

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

Is being a family social worker stressful?

Low

High

Stress is very commonplace for family social workers, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a family social worker?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a family social worker.

How competitive is the workplace for family social workers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for family social workers.

Does being a family social worker require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Family social workers will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are family social workers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Family social workers are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do family social workers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Family social workers tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a family social worker physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a family social workers is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are family social workers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of a family social worker changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being a family social worker require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a family social worker.

Does being a good family social worker require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a family social worker.