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The U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment in social assistance will be among the fastest growing career sectors, along with health care, in the coming decade. Employment of social workers in all areas will grow much faster than average through 2022 with an overall rise of 35 percent. Competition for jobs in cities will be high due to the number of qualified candidates, but openings in rural areas may be easier to obtain. The steadily increasing elderly population will keep demand high for health and social service workers who specialize in helping senior citizens.