Description: A Social Worker in the healthcare setting provides patients and their families with psychological and social support to cope with illness and disease.
- Provide case management for patients
- Educate and counsel patients and families
- Make referrals for other services
- Inform with health care providers of patients’ emotional and mental health
- Prepare reports and maintain accurate records
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- Most employers require a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW)
- Some employers hire workers with a bachelor’s in Psychology or Sociology
- To become a Clinical Social Worker:
- Must earn a master’s degree in social work (MSW)
- Two years of supervised training after obtaining the MSW degree
- Most states require a license or certification for clinical and nonclinical social workers
Salary: $53,770 (Annual Mean Wage in Pennsylvania)
Work Environment: Hospitals, Individual & Family Services, Home Health Care Services, Nursing Care Facilities, Outpatient Care Centers
Job Outlook: Expected to increase 16% between 2016 and 2026