Healthcare Social Workers
SOC: 21-1022.00


Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
160,100 employed

Projected (2024):
191,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • AIDS Social Worker
  • Bereavement Counselor
  • Case Managers
  • Certified Social Workers In Health Care
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Community Advocate
  • Dialysis Social Worker
  • Director of Social Services
  • Director of Social Work
  • Disability Advocate
  • Disability Coordinator
  • Disability Specialist
  • Discharge Planner
  • Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Elder Counselor
  • Family Advocate
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Family Support Worker
  • Geriatric Care Manager
  • Geriatric Social Worker
  • Group Social Worker
  • Health Care Social Worker
  • Healthcare Social Worker
  • Home Health Care Social Worker
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Hospital Social Worker
  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Long Term Care Social Worker
  • Medicaid Specialist
  • Medical Case Manager
  • Medical Case Worker
  • Medical Social Consultant
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Neonatal Social Worker
  • Nephrology Social Worker
  • Nursing Home Social Worker
  • Older Adult Social Work Specialist
  • Oncology Social Work
  • Oncology Social Worker
  • Outreach and Education Social Worker
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Outreach Specialist
  • Pediatric Social Worker
  • Perinatal Social Worker
  • Public Health Social Worker
  • Public Welfare Worker
  • Referral Coordinator
  • Renal Social Worker
  • Social Work Case Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Transition Specialist

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs.
  • Investigate child abuse or neglect cases and take authorized protective action when necessary.
  • Refer patient, client, or family to community resources to assist in recovery from mental or physical illness and to provide access to services such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placement or education.
  • Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness, and adjust to life.
  • Organize support groups or counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting the client or patient.
  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
  • Identify environmental impediments to client or patient progress through interviews and review of patient records.
  • Utilize consultation data and social work experience to plan and coordinate client or patient care and rehabilitation, following through to ensure service efficacy.
  • Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in clients' status.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress according to measurable goals described in treatment and care plan.
  • Supervise and direct other workers providing services to clients or patients.
  • Develop or advise on social policy and assist in community development.
  • Oversee Medicaid- and Medicare-related paperwork and recordkeeping in hospitals.
  • Conduct social research to advance knowledge in the social work field.
  • Plan and conduct programs to combat social problems, prevent substance abuse, or improve community health and counseling services.
  • Plan discharge from care facility to home or other care facility.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
  • Automated clinical information systems
  • Calendar software
  • Command Systems ComServe
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • Database software
  • Email software
  • Information presentation software
  • James Frazier Associates DataStart
  • Medical records software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software
  • Relational database software
  • Social Solutions ETO Software
  • Social Work Software ClientTouch
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Web browser software
  • Web page design and editing software
  • Word processing software

  • community and social service

    industry stats

    SOC: 21-0000

    Total Employed: 1,972,140

    Average Annual Salary: $46,160