Healthcare Social Workers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+11.1% (faster than the average)


What Healthcare Social Workers 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.

Other Job Titles Healthcare Social Workers May Have

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

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Assistive Technology Specialist ,

New England Assistive Technology Center - Oak Hill

Every day is a little bit different. We are constantly checking emails and returning phone calls then we'll head out to see consumers, agencies, work places or schools to evaluate the needs of individuals who are struggling. We write reports about those evaluations to make recommendations on assistive technology and provide training on assistive technology tools. We speak at conferences. We research strategies and new tech tools. We develop curriculum, build our Lending Library, consult with families. Highly Diverse!

Master of Social Work, Hospice ,

Healing Care Hospice

My days require a lot of independent work and organizational skills. I plan out my month based on the number of patients I have. I provided emotional support, crisis intervention, initial assessments, post death assessments, assist with resources, assist with POA/advance directives. Most importantly, I work in an interdisciplinary team with doctors, nurses, and chaplains.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Utilize consultation data and social work experience to plan and coordinate client or patient care and rehabilitation, following through to ensure service efficacy.

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