Healthcare Social Workers

patient client illness service social interests information counsel treatment plan client need progress

Clinical Social Worker, Hospice Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Social Worker

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Chaplain; Clinical Psychologist; Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychologist; Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist; Clinical Psychologist, Operational Psychologist; Mental Health Nurse; Mental Health Service Apprentice; Mental Health Service Helper; Mental Health Service Manager; Occupational Therapist
Army Public Health Nurse; Behavioral Health Specialist; Behavioral Sciences; Command and Unit Chaplain; Medical Service Corps Officer; Nurse Corps Officer; Occupational Medicine Officer; Occupational Therapy; Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse; Religious Affairs Specialist
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Correctional Counselor; Substance Abuse Control Officer; Substance Abuse Control Specialist
Behavioral Health Technician; Chaplain; Chaplain Specialist; Clinical Psychologist; Correctional Counselor; Counselor; Drug and Alcohol Counselor Intern; Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor Intern; Navy Primary Prevention (PP) and Human Factors Process (HFP) Advanced Professional Development Train the Trainer Certification; Supervisory Chaplain
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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 caregivers. Provide patients with information and counseling, and make referrals for other services. May also provide case and care management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.
On the job, you would:
  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
  • Educate clients about end-of-life symptoms and options to assist them in making informed decisions.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs.


Math and Science

  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology


  • therapy and counseling

Arts and Humanities

  • English language
  • philosophy and religion


  • customer service


Basic Skills

  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


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
  • Self Control
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software

  • Medical procedure coding software
  • MEDITECH software Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Information presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Data base user interface and query software

  • Command Systems ComServe
  • Database software


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

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