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Jobs Outlook Brightens for Title IV-E MSW Grads

Surveys of recent Title IV-E MSW graduates indicate that the hiring of these grads is accelerating in all regions in the state: Northern, Bay Area, Central, Los Angeles, and Southern.  

Compared to hiring rates for MSWs during July 1–September 30, 2012, more graduates found jobs for the same period during 2013, with the Bay Area experiencing the largest growth, from 55% in 2012 to 87% in 2013. See graph.1st Quarter Hiring Rat for IV-E MSWs by Region for July 1 - Sept. 30 for 2012 and 2013

For CalSWEC, the increase in hiring indicates a greater demand for workforce training in the California Common Core Curricula that its Child Welfare In-Service Training Project provides to the state’s new child welfare workers and supervisors.

Positive Future Prospects

County child welfare agencies in California have started hiring again, according to a report to CalSWEC’s Board of Directors in September by the board’s committees on Child Welfare and Workforce Development and Funding.

Responses to a new survey revealed:

  1. the increased hiring of graduates in the three months prior to the report (May–July 2013) and
  2. projections that that hiring will continue for the six months after the survey (August–December 2013).

Those responses from county program or human resources staff in all 58 counties—a 100% response rate—indicate that the potential job market for MSW graduates is also bright.

Workforce Development Coordinator Donna Thoreson and Child Welfare In-Service Training Project Director Barrett Johnson developed the new survey and methods.  

With realignment and their budgets in place, counties can more accurately predict the numbers of positions to be filled, according to Ms. Thoreson. Fewer positions are temporary, and the projected hiring numbers are consistently higher than in the past three years in all regions across the state.

The workforce projection yielded by the survey will also assist counties in identifying workforce training needs, which are expected to exert demands on their new workers as well as on the Child Welfare In-Service Training Project.