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Healthcare Social Workers

Also called: Clinical Social Worker, Dialysis Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Social Worker

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs.
  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Health
  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • philisophy and religion
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Social Orientation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Automated clinical information systems
  • James Frazier Associates DataStart
Data base user interface and query software
  • Command Systems ComServe
  • Database software
Desktop publishing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
  • Microsoft Publisher

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$50,820
per year, on average
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