Community Welfare Worker
|Overview:||Community workers investigate problems of residents in disadvantaged neighborhoods to determine the needs of the elderly, the poor, unemployed, unwed teenage mothers and the disabled. They counsel these people about government programs that can help them become self-sufficient.|
|Duties:||They visit and counsel unemployed unwed teenage mothers about programs providing day-care, job skills training and pregnancy avoidance. They help them free themselves from welfare programs.
They visit disabled and elderly persons who need personal assistance. Determine what kind of prosthetic equipment or home self-care aids are needed to improve their mobility.
They organize volunteer programs with college students and local residents, such as retirees to provide counseling and personal assistance to disabled persons confined to their homes.
They conduct studies in disadvantaged neighborhoods to estimate how effectively funds are being used to reduce dependency on goverment welfare programs and identify ways to reduce costs.
|Degree(s):||A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of community welfare worker is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 due to an expanding population.|
|Starting Salary:||Private counseling firms pay more.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$24,000 to $27,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||A bachelor's degree in human services or social work is the appropriate educational preparation for this occupation. An associate degree can sometimes qualify you for assistant positions. Courses in human services, geriatrics, social welfare policy, health promotion and a supervised field internship are important. For professional advancement, a master's degree is recommended.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.