March is Social Work Month and it is a time to celebrate the great profession of social work. The theme for Social Work Month 2022 is The Time is Right for Social Work.
More information on this year’s theme and rationale from NASW is included below
THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR SOCIAL WORK:
The need for social workers is great.
There are nearly 720,000 social workers in our nation. That number is expected to grow by 12 percent by the end of the decade, making social work one of the fastest growing professions in the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Social workers have been an integral part of our nation for decades. Social workers played key roles in the Civil Rights and Women’s Rights movements and pushed for social programs we now take for granted, including the minimum wage, a 40-hour work week, Social Security and Medicare.
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. There are expected to be more than 800,000 social workers in the United States by 2030, up 12 percent from 2020. The time is always right for social work. However, more people are entering the field now because the life-affirming services that social workers provide are needed now more than ever.
This is especially true as our nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, economic inequality, global warming, and other crises. That is why the theme for Social Work Month 2022 is The Time is Right for Social Work.
We want to take the opportunity to say THANK YOU to all the Social Workers out there! Now more than ever, it is an honor to educate and train individuals to work in the profession. We will continue to spotlight how needed social workers are through this month and beyond. Stay tuned!