According to the most recent (2010-2011) report of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the field of Social Work is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, with job opportunities expected to continue to increase through 2018. Job prospects are predicted to be best – “much faster than the average for all occupations” – in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and medical and public health, particularly gerontology. Employment opportunities for child, family and school Social Workers are also expected to grow. Job prospects are expected to be especially favorable for Social Workers in rural areas.
In 2010, the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University noted that jobs in the Community and Social Services Fields are expanding and that Social Workers account for the largest share of these occupations. The largest proportion of these jobs will require a bachelor’s degree. The Center’s 2012 report focusing on which majors have the best employment prospects found that even in the current economy, recent graduates in Social Work have relatively low unemployment rates, and noted that nearly half of the jobs are in the areas of healthcare and education.