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Healthcare Social Workers

Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.   (O'Net 21-1022.00)

 
Reported job titles:   AIDS Social Worker, Bereavement Counselor, Case Managers, Certified Social Workers In Health Care, Clinical Social Worker, Community Advocate, Dialysis Social Worker, Director of Social Services, Director of Social Work, Disability Advocate, Disability Coordinator, Disability Specialist, Discharge Planner, Domestic Violence Advocate, Elder Counselor, Family Advocate, Family Support Specialist, Family Support Worker, Geriatric Care Manager, Geriatric Social Worker, Group Social Worker, Health Care Social Worker, Healthcare Social Worker, Home Health Care Social Worker, Hospice Social Worker, Hospital Social Worker, Licensed Social Worker, Long Term Care Social Worker, Medicaid Specialist, Medical Case Manager, Medical Case Worker, Medical Social Consultant, Medical Social Worker, Neonatal Social Worker, Nephrology Social Worker, Nursing Home Social Worker, Older Adult Social Work Specialist, Oncology Social Work, Oncology Social Worker, Outreach and Education Social Worker, Outreach Coordinator, Outreach Specialist, Pediatric Social Worker, Perinatal Social Worker, Public Health Social Worker, Public Welfare Worker, Referral Coordinator, Renal Social Worker, Social Work Case Manager, Social Worker, Transition Specialist
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 16.32   $ 19.24   $ 25.89   $ 32.19   $ 39.86   $ 26.95  
    Yearly $33,950   $40,020   $53,860   $66,960   $82,910   $56,050  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 15.80   $ 18.06   $ 25.36   $ 35.31   $ 44.42   $ 27.42  
    Yearly $32,860   $37,560   $52,750   $73,430   $92,400   $57,030  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 17.44   $ 21.19   $ 26.89   $ 32.43   $ 38.24   $ 27.74  
    Yearly $36,280   $44,080   $55,940   $67,440   $79,540   $57,690  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 15.22   $ 17.29   $ 21.97   $ 27.51   $ 30.34   $ 22.35  
    Yearly $31,660   $35,960   $45,700   $57,210   $63,120   $46,490  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 423 475 1.2% 15
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 29.0%
    Ambulatory healthcare services 21.0%
    Social assistance 16.4%
    Nursing and residential care facilities 14.0%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 5.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness, and adjust to life.
     
  • Utilize consultation data and social work experience to plan and coordinate client or patient care and rehabilitation, following through to ensure service efficacy.
     
  • Plan discharge from care facility to home or other care facility.
     
  • Organize support groups or counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting the client or patient.
     
  • Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in clients' status.
     
  • Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress according to measurable goals described in treatment and care plan.
     
  • Identify environmental impediments to client or patient progress through interviews and review of patient records.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Healthcare Social Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Knowledge
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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
     
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Healthcare Social Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Skills
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Healthcare Social Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Healthcare Social Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Activities
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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Healthcare Social Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Interests
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Healthcare Social Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Healthcare Social Workers  updated June 2008
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Healthcare Social Workers
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Social Worker, Clinical Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Clinical Social Worker Licensing
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
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  • Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
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  • Experience: Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Healthcare Social Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Healthcare Social Workers
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Clinical/Medical Social Work.
     
    • Social Work, Other.
     
    • Social Work.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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  • Counseling Psychologists
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  • Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
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  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
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  • Marriage and Family Therapists
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  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
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  • Special Education Teachers, Middle School
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Healthcare Social Workers 
     

     
     
     
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