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Social Worker

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

(Source: https://www.bls.gov/oes/2018/may/oes211022.htm)