A separate post
raises concerns about the future of social work, particularly in the clinical area. This post supplements that previous post with a look at current information on employment of social workers. This does not purport to be a scholarly or comprehensive look at the subject. It simply appeared that (as one might anticipate from concluding observations in
) there was not much bad news to be found in the social work journals, and perhaps some readers would appreciate a few frank remarks.
Threats to future employability of social workers include the poor quality of much social work education, economic difficulties, the more targeted training offered in competing mental health fields, and – across multiple fields – technological advances (in e.g., neuroscience and robotics) that will probably reduce the need for social work clinicians over the long term. Again, other posts explore those potential causes of…