The Great Resignation and Social Work | Social Work Advocate

Apr 18, 2022


The Great Resignation and Social Work

Laetitia Clayton, Editor

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred employees in many professions to leave their jobs in record numbers, resulting in what’s being called The Great Resignation. Social workers are leaving jobs, too, but it seems most are staying within the profession. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that social work will continue to grow “faster than average” for all occupations. Read more about this topic in our April-May cover story.

One area of social work that is expected to continue growing is health care, with the BLS reporting that health care and substance abuse social work is projected at 15% growth. You can learn more about the innovative roles social workers play in improving health care in our second feature article in this issue.

In the Association News section, we tell you about NASW’s Social Work Talks podcast, now in its third year and gaining in popularity. You can also read about five Social Work Pioneers who have been recognized for blazing trails, how NASW is addressing the federal “No Surprises Act,” and much more.

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