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Employment: Social Workers




Social workers held about 562,000 jobs in 2004. About 9 out of 10 jobs were in health care and social assistance industries, as well as State and local government agencies, primarily in departments of health and human services. Although most social workers are employed in cities or suburbs, some work in rural areas. The following tabulation shows 2004 employment by type of social worker:

Child, family, and school social workers 272,000
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 116,000
Medical and public health social workers 110,000
Social workers, all other 64,000