III. EXPLORING POSITIONS
Description: A variety of positions at local, county, state, and federal levels have responsibility for the well being of children and families.
Positions include: Social services caseworker, child care unit personnel (e.g., registry, child care training, regional representative), project director, grant coordinator, and policy analyst.
Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions: Knowledge of the topic specialized area, ability to work with others, and communication skills are essential.
Employment Settings: Local, state, and federal government offices.
Required Qualifications: A minimum of an associate's degree with coursework and experience in a related field is required. Working for government often involves placement from a civil service exam.
Opportunity for Advancement: Persons already employed through civil service have first opportunity at open positions. Advancement may not be possible but lateral moves, within the same pay scale but performing a different function is quite common.
Serving Children Directly – Case worker, family services worker
Serving Families Directly – Case worker, child advocate
Providing Information Goods and Services – Public assistance administrator, regulator, inspector, food program auditor, referral agent administrator