Over the past few years, the number of community and social service workers has risen very sharply. This growth is attributable to the large increase in the range and intensity of social service needs, and the handling of a growing proportion of these needs by community organizations. Since the community network is now well established, higher government spending in the health and social services sector should be more conducive to the hiring of members of other occupations and the number of income security claimants should continue to fall, the number of community and social service workers is expected to grow sharply over the next few years, albeit at a more moderate pace than before.
Openings will arise first from job creation and from the need to replace community and social service workers who will be retiring or entering jobs in other occupations. In fact, with appropriate training, quite a large number of them will find positions in other occupations, for instance as social workers. Turnover is actually quite frequent within the occupation. For instance, many community and social service workers start their careers in community organizations, and move on after a few years to better paid positions in the public and par public sectors.
These openings will go primarily to graduates of college and university programs related to social services and to individuals with experience of the social services sector (see Training section). Other positions will be filled by unemployed experienced community and social service workers. Some positions are expected to be filled by immigrants who meet the requirements for entrance to the occupation. Although the percentage of immigrants in this occupation in 2006 was slightly lower than in all occupations (8% compared with 12%), positions are accessible to newcomers.
According to census data, in 2006 approximately 62% of community and social service workers worked in the health care and... [continues]
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