Rapid changes in the demographics of the workforce coupled with the dynamic nature of personnel requirements in evolving service delivery environments pose significant challenges for human resource planners at the local state and federal levels and within the private sector. Findings from the National Study of Licensed Social Workers portend critical issues for workforce planners in all sectors: Consider these findings and implications:
- A significant sector of the social work labor force will age out at a time when baby boomers reach retirement and the United States experience an increased population of older Americans requiring social services. How will the profession meet these needs with a reduced labor force? Workforce planning strategies must address recruitment and retention of a new generation of professional social workers.