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Nonprofit Social Service Directors
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, numerous job opportunities will be available in social services through 2018. The overall employment growth rate for the social services industry is projected to be much faster than the average. The expected rapid growth is due to expanding services for the elderly, the mentally and physically disabled, and families in crisis. Our nation's elderly comprise a rapidly expanding segment of the population that is likely to need a wide range of social services. The growing emphasis on providing home care services, enabling aging seniors to remain at home rather than relocate to costly skilled nursing facilities, will contribute to employment growth in the social services industry. A continuing influx of foreign-born nationals to this country will spur the demand for a range of social services, such as financial, relocation, and job training assistance. Child protective services and special groups, such as adults who were abused as children, are also on the rise. In addition, crime, juvenile delinquency, mental illness, developmental disabilities, AIDS, and individual and family crises will spur demand for social services. Every agency will need to be overseen by a capable and savvy director. Many job openings will also stem from the need to replace nonprofit social service directors who leave their posts.