Social Welfare Administrator

Occupation Information table
Overview: Social welfare administrators work in government or non-profit organizations that provide helping services to financially needy persons such as unemployed, aged and handicapped. They direct major functions such as child welfare, drug rehabilitation, family casework and healthcare.
Duties: They confer with community leaders to identify goals of the social welfare program such as teaching job skills to the unemployed, child daycare, if needed, and personal care of the aged and ill.

They implement programs by seeking funds for each activity and organize volunteers and hire professional staff members that are needed. They conduct workshops to orient all workers.

Assess the quality of the social welfare services provided by surveying the community residents and those receiving the services. They oversee the budgets provided for each activity.

They confer with community leaders to identify future social welfare needs of the community. The needs are estimated by analyzing the expected population mix.

Degree(s): A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 9% to 13% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $25,000 to $32,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: For those planning on administrative work in social welfare, a master's degree in social work (MSW) is the usual minimum requirement. For an entry position, a bachelor's degree in social work or psychology or sociology is often acceptable in small community welfare agencies.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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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 agreements with 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.