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The US is Facing Massive Social Worker Shortages – What Can be Done About it?


While you can find social workers in hospitals and public clinics around the country, there is a serious gap between supply and demand, and things are only going to get worse. The United States is facing a massive social worker shortage by 2030. There are already serious regional shortages in rural areas and specific states, but the shortfall will equal tens of thousands of professionals nationwide in just a few years. How many social workers do we have, and how many do we need? What factors are contributing to the social worker shortage? And more importantly, what can be done about it?

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