Explore Careers - Job Market Report
Social workers help individuals, couples, families, groups, communities and organizations develop the skills and resources they need to enhance social functioning and provide counselling, therapy and referral to other supportive social services. Social workers also respond to other social needs and issues such as unemployment, racism and poverty. They are employed by hospitals, school boards, social service agencies, child welfare organizations, correctional facilities, community agencies, employee assistance programs and Aboriginal band councils, or they may work in private practice.
co-ordinator of social work, medical social worker, psychiatric social worker, social work supervisor, social worker.
- Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, to assess their situation and problems and determine the types of services required
- Provide counsel and therapy to assist clients in developing skills to deal with and resolve their social and personal problems
- Plan programs of assistance for clients including referral to agencies that provide financial assistance, legal aid, housing, medical treatment and other services
- Investigate cases of child abuse or neglect and take authorized protective action when necessary
- Serve as members on interdisciplinary teams of professionals working with client groups
- Act as advocates for client groups in the community, lobby for solutions to problems directly affecting client groups and develop prevention and intervention programs to meet community needs
- Develop or advise on social policy legislation, conduct social research and assist in community development
- Provide mediation services and psychosocial assessments
- Evaluate the effectiveness of counselling and social programs
- May provide public education and consultation to professionals or groups regarding counselling services, issues and methods
- May supervise other social workers.
Social workers may specialize in fields of practice such as child welfare, family services, corrections, gerontology or addictions.
Outlook & Prospects for Social Workers in Yukon Territory
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Social Workers) is part of a larger occupational group called Psychologists, Social Workers, Counsellors, Clergy and Probation Officers (NOC 415).
|Occupations in this group||
Social Workers (4152)
Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors (4153)
Ministers of Religion (4154)
Probation and Parole Officers and Related Occupations (4155)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||150,358|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||44|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||62|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, this occupation experienced strong employment growth, continuing a trend observed for more than 20 years. This sustained employment growth is particularly due to the strong demand for social workers. Unemployment in this occupation has remained stable at a fairly low rate (2.4% in 2010). Finally, the increase in the average hourly wage was less than the average for all occupations. Moreover, in comparison to other occupations requiring a university diploma, the wage was not particularly high. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Psychologists, Social Workers, Counsellors, Clergy And Probation Officers, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 77,529 and 68,988 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that labour supply and demand in this occupation were balanced, it is expected that the number of job seekers will remain sufficient to fill job openings over the 2011-2020 period. The annual difference between supply and demand is very small, representing only 0.6% of employment in 2010. Job openings will arise from both strong employment growth and from retirement. Positions left vacant due to retirement will nevertheless represent the majority of available jobs. Given that workers in this occupation are generally older than the average but typically retire at the same age as those in other occupations, the retirement rate in this occupation is above the average. Expansion demand will also be a significant source of job openings over this period. In particular, employment growth will continue to result from an increase in demand for social workers (main occupation of NOC 415). These jobs will be created to respond to the needs of the aging population. In terms of supply, job seekers will come primarily from the school system. However, there will be a relatively large number of job seekers from other occupations. The majority of them will have studied social work, psychology or another field related to this occupation, but will have started their career in other occupations such as paralegal, social services worker and occupations in education and religion (NOC 421).
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||5,705||7%|
|Projected Job Openings||77,529||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||68,988||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Health care and social assistance||73.60|
|Other services (except public administration)||4.80|
What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?
The graph displays the percentage of people in this occupation who are “self-employed”, according to the 2006 Census, in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
As shown in the graph, according to the 2006 Census, 3% of people in this occupation were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 12%.
The Labour Force Survey also gives us some information about self-employment. This occupation (Social Workers) is part of a larger group called Psychologists, Social Workers, Counsellors, Clergy and Probation Officers (NOC 415). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), 12% of workers in this group were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 16%.
What proportion of people in this occupation work full-time and part-time?
The graph displays the proportion of people in this occupation who worked full-time and part-time in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), 86% of workers in this occupation worked full-time, compared to the average of 81% for all occupations.
What proportion of men and women work in this occupation?
The graph displays the proportion of men and women in this occupation in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), women represented 85% of workers in this occupation, compared to the average of 48% for all occupations.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Social Workers) is part of a larger group called Psychologists, Social Workers, Counsellors, Clergy and Probation Officers (NOC 415). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the unionization rate for this group was 53%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.
- Date Modified: