20 Social Worker Statistics to Celebrate Social Work Month

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20 Social Worker Statistics to Celebrate Social Work Month

March is National Social Work Month! This month, we are happy to honor the wonderful social workers we get to work with every day for all their hard work and invaluable contributions to the world.

Social workers empower and transform the lives of millions of people around the world, including the most vulnerable members of our society. Check out these social worker statistics to learn more about all the amazing work that social workers do!

What is Social Work?

  • According to the International Federation of Social Work, social work “is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people.”
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 682,100 Social Worker jobs in the US.
  • Social worker employment is expected to grow 16% between 2016 and 2026; a much faster rate than the average career in the US.
  • The ratio of social workers to populations varies widely in the US, ranging from 80 per 100,000 people in Arkansas to 572 per 100,000 in Washington, DC. Northeast states tend to have high numbers of social workers per capita, and the southern states have fewer social workers per capita.
  • Social workers have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations.
  • A shift is occurring in the social work industry: today’s social workers are becoming less focused on solving problems and more focused on primary prevention, providing interventions in advance to prevent problems from ever occurring in at-risk populations.
  • Both Child and Family Social Worker and Clinical Social Worker rank among the top 100 best jobs of 2019.

Who are Social Workers?

Why We Need Social Workers

Social Work Month is all about educating the public about the invaluable contributions of the profession. We are thankful for all the work that Social Workers do!

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