In the Air Force:
Chaplain; Clinical Psychologist; Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychologist; Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychologist; Clinical Psychologist, Operational Psychologist; Mental Health Nurse; Mental Health Service Apprentice; Mental Health Service Craftsman; Mental Health Service Journeyman; Mental Health Service Superintendent; Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
In the Army:
Army Public Health Nurse; Behavioral Health Specialist; Behavioral Sciences; Clinical Psychology; Command and Unit Chaplain; Medical Service Corps Officer; Nurse Corps Officer; Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse; Religious Affairs Specialist; Social Work
In the Marine Corps:
Correctional Counselor; Substance Abuse Control Officer; Substance Abuse Control Specialist
In the Navy:
Behavioral Health Technician; Chaplain; Chaplain Specialist; Clinical Psychologist; Correctional Counselor; Navv Drug and Alcohol Counselor; Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor Intern; Navy Primary Prevention (PP) and Human Factors Process (HFP) Advanced Professional Development Train the Trainer Certification; Social Worker; Supervisory Chaplain; Tactical Chaplain
When battling serious illness, patients need more than prescriptions; they need help handling stress and the complications of managing treatments. Healthcare social workers are a lifeline keeping patients and their families afloat, making it possible to cope with getting treatment. Patients leaving the hospital may need home care, meal delivery, and special equipment. Healthcare social workers help arrange those services, and connect patients to financial assistance as well. They may also arrange for legal aid, housing, and help with job or education services. As important as looking after physical needs, these social workers provide psychological and emotional support. They counsel patients as they recover from illness and adjust to changes in their lives. When child abuse or neglect is suspected, these social workers investigate and take protective action when needed. Critical thinking, patience, and emotional strength are all important qualities for this career. Healthcare social workers work collaboratively with other care professionals, in hospitals, nursing care, and mental health settings, as well as in doctors’ offices and public health clinics. A social work master’s degree and state licensure are required for most jobs in this field. Healthcare social workers make it possible to trust – that at a time when people may feel their most vulnerable— they have an advocate to give them hope and direction.
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
sociology and anthropology
therapy and counseling
Arts and Humanities
philisophy and religion
talking to others
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
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
You might use software like this on the job:
Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS
Information presentation software
Data base user interface and query software
Command Systems ComServe
master's degree or bachelor's degree usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.