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Social Worker Employment


Social workers held about 642,000 jobs, in 2008. About 54 percent jobs were in healthcare and social assistance industries, and 31 percent were employed by government agencies. Although most social workers are employed in cities or suburbs, some work in rural areas. Employment by type of social worker, in 2008, follows:

Child, family and school social workers292,600
Medical and public health social workers138,700
Mental health and substance abuse social workers137,300
Social workers, all other73,400

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition

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