Social workers are in high demand but are there enough of them? : The Indicator from Planet Money U.S. job growth just surged way past expectations. But one area of employment continues to need more hands on deck: social workers. The evolving occupation is getting new attention from schools all the way up to corporations. Today, we try to understand where this need is coming from and whether it can actually be met. For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org. Music by Drop Electric. Find us: TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Newsletter.

Wanted: Social workers

Wanted: Social workers

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Nurses wait to administer shots at a Covid-19 mass vaccination site at Martinsville speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia on March 12, 2021. Community leaders, the heads of the Sovah Health hospital, and the speedway all came out to help and support the hospital nurses and the Virginia Department of Health. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Nurses wait to administer shots at a Covid-19 mass vaccination site at Martinsville speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia on March 12, 2021. Community leaders, the heads of the Sovah Health hospital, and the speedway all came out to help and support the hospital nurses and the Virginia Department of Health. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. job growth just surged way past expectations. But one area of employment continues to need more hands on deck: social workers. The evolving occupation is getting new attention from schools all the way up to corporations. Today, we try to understand where this need is coming from and whether it can actually be met.

For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org.

Music by Drop Electric. Find us: TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Newsletter.