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Social Worker Job Outlook


Employment of social workers is projected to grow 12% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the forecasted 7% average growth for all occupations. Growth will be due to an increase in demand for health care and social services but will vary by specialty

Employment of child, family, and school social workers is projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for child and family social workers should continue to grow because they will be needed to investigate child abuse cases and to place children in foster care and with adoptive families. However, growth in this occupation may be limited by budget constraints at all levels of government. In schools, more social workers will be needed to respond to rising student enrollments. The availability of federal, state, and local funding will be a major factor in determining the actual employment growth in schools.



Employment of healthcare social workers is projected to grow 19% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the forecasted 7% average growth for all occupations. As baby boomers age, they and their families will require help from social workers to find care, which will increase demand for healthcare social workers.

Employment of mental health and substance abuse social workers is projected to grow 19% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the forecasted 7% average growth for all occupations. Growth is expected as more people seek treatment for mental illness and addiction. In addition, drug offenders are increasingly being sent to treatment programs rather than to jail. As a result, use of substance abuse treatment programs is expected to grow, increasing demand for mental health and substance abuse social workers

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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