Centers and Institutes


 National Workforce Initiative

In spring 2015, the organizations that make up the Leadership Roundtable tasked an advisory committee with devising a national social work workforce study encompassing all levels and fields of practice. The advisory committee organizational members are:

American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare
Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors
Association of Social Work Boards
Council on Social Work Education
Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work
National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work
National Association of Social Workers
Society for Social Work and Research


Data Collection

Through an RFP process in the fall of 2016, the George Washington University Health Workforce Institute was selected by the advisory committee to conduct a study to enumerate the current social work workforce and to help design a system for on-going collection and analysis of data. The study is composed of the following components:

  • identifying and assessing existing data sources;
  • filling the most important gaps in data through a survey of new social work graduates;
  • designing and piloting data collection instruments for future expanded data collection; and
  • recommending structures and processes for the on-going collection and analysis of data.
WorkforceGradsThumbnail.png The second product of the workforce study was released April 2018: New Social Workers: Results of the Nationwide Survey of 2017 Social Work Graduates. The report is an analysis of a survey of recent social work graduates, which was launched at the end of August 2017. The survey instrument addressed student demographics, employment, and perceptions of social work education and the job market. An executive summary of the report is also available.  
Workforce-Cover.jpg The first product of the study is available here: the Profile of the Social Work Workforce. The profile is an analysis of existing data sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American Community Survey, and the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System. 


2018 Survey of Graduates

The 2018 Survey of Graduates is underway. Late breaking results will be presented at the 2018 Annual Program Meeting in Orlando, FL. A formal report will be published winter 2018. Social work programs that are interested in participating in the Workforce Study can contact Ed Salsberg ( 

Any questions about the workforce initiative can be addressed to Julie Rhoads.

Generous funding for the Social Work Workforce Initiative has been provided by each of the advisory committee organizations and the University of Southern California.