Would you like to become a CPS or DSS caseworker? Do you want to be a case manager for children who have been abused? Would you like to work with families who are at risk for abuse? Are you wondering what you should major in to become a CPS / DSS / DHR caseworker? Are you just exploring possible careers?
I worked briefly as a CPS caseworker. I will not say it was a positive experience. Read “5 Things I Learned as a CPS Caseworker” for more insight of my time at CPS. However, the world definitely needs more dedicated, compassionate and motivated child welfare workers.
If you are interested in pursuing a career as a caseworker with Child Protective Services, it is ideal complete a degree in a social work. A bachelor’s degree is sufficient. An MSW is wonderful, but it is only required if you would like to be a supervisor. If you are a high school student, or a college student who can easily change your major, then it is best to pursue a degree in social work.
It does vary by state, but some do require a degree in social work. However, others will hire college graduates with different degrees. In Texas, there are CPS caseworkers with degrees in human development and family studies, sociology, psychology, elementary education, nursing, business, political science and even foreign relations. Some states will only require a bachelor’s degree in any field. However, it is best to have a degree in social work.
If you have a degree in social work, you will be more likely to be hired than those who do not have degrees in social work. A BSW will provide you with the knowledge and basic skills to be an efficient caseworker. While you will need some additional training, it is the best degree to help prepare you for employment as a caseworker.
For advice on making the most of your time in college, please read “Ten Tips for College Social Work Majors.” Another article to read is “Is a Career in Social Work Right For You? Questions to Help You Decide.”
If you are still exploring careers, you might also check out “Job Ideas for People Who Like to Help Others.”
Some other helpful job articles to skim are “High Demand Science Jobs that Pay Over $60,000 a Year” and “Jobs that Pay $50,000 to Over $100,000 a Year.” Some additional articles worth reading are “Jobs that Pay Over $100,000 a Year” and “Jobs that Pay Well Over a Million Dollars a Year.”
Good luck as you make decisions for your future!