Who Will Care? Workforce Crisis Report
The Providers’ Council and the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute have recently released a report that analyzes the workforce crisis in our Health and Human Services industry, titled: Who Will Care? The Workforce Crisis in Human Services.
Dr. David A. Jordan, as the Chair of the Providers’ Council’s Research Committee, helped lead this effort to examine and highlight the growth in the field, the looming crisis, the potential solutions, and most importantly, the impact on clients, staff members and organizations. There simply are not enough individuals to fill the jobs that provide essential supports to one in ten Massachusetts residents.
An Excerpt from the Report:
Throughout the last decade, the human services sector has experienced exponential growth in the size of its workforce, shattering even the most ambitious projections for the number of jobs needed in the field. While the sector had 98,000 jobs in 2003, it grew to nearly 164,000 jobs just 11 years later – an increase of more than 67 percent. Labor market forecasts suggest the industry’s growth will continue over the coming decade, raising a significant question for our field – Who Will Care?
The Providers’ Council and the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute have collaborated on several reports over the last decade, many of which heralded the incredible growth in the human services sector and the increase of vacant positions in the field. While the sector has historically had a higher rate of turnover than other professions, the employment growth in the field has placed the human services sector at the precipice of a workforce crisis. There simply are not enough individuals to fill these jobs that provide essential supports to one in ten Massachusetts residents.