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Career and Education Opportunities for Child and Family Services Workers in Idaho

Idaho has a population of 1,545,801, which has grown by 19.46% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Gem State," Idaho's capital and largest city is Boise.

Currently, 1,160 people work as child and family services workers in Idaho. This is expected to grow 37% to 1,590 people by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for child and family services workers are expected to grow by about 12.3%. In general, child and family services workers 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.

Child and family services workers earn approximately $17 hourly or $35,950 per year on average in Idaho. Nationally they average about $19 per hour or $39,530 yearly. Compared with people working in the overall category of Social Work and Community Services, people working as child and family services workers in Idaho earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Social Work and Community Services nationally. People working as child and family services workers can fill a number of jobs, such as: family manager, family preservation caseworker, and youth advocate.

In 2008, there were a total of 939,793 jobs in Idaho. The average annual income was $32,994 in 2008, up from $32,837 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Idaho was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. About 21.7% of Idaho residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Idaho include semiconductor electronic component manufacturing, fruit preserving food manufacturing, and frozen food manufacturing.

CITIES WITH Child and Family Services Worker OPPORTUNITIES IN Idaho


JOB DESCRIPTION: Child and Family Services Worker

Child and Family Services Worker video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, child and family services workers 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. They also may assist single parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children.

Every day, child and family services workers are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Idaho include:

  • Career Advisor. Counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.
  • Mental Health Counselor. Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health. May help individuals deal with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; suicide; stress management; problems with self-esteem; and issues associated with aging and mental and emotional health.
  • Probation Officer. Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.
  • Religious Activities Director. Direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of students. Plan, direct, or coordinate church school programs designed to promote religious education among church membership. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, and religious problems.
  • Substance Abuse Specialist. Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Idaho

Idaho
Idaho photo by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Idaho has a population of 1,545,801, which has grown by 19.46% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Gem State," Idaho's capital and biggest city is Boise. In 2008, there were a total of 939,793 jobs in Idaho. The average annual income was $32,994 in 2008, up from $32,837 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Idaho was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. Roughly 21.7% of Idaho residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Idaho include semiconductor electronic component manufacturing, fruit preserving food manufacturing, and frozen food manufacturing.