Career Profile

Healthcare Social Worker

Education Master's degree
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $66,400
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Healthcare Social Workers provide psychosocial support such as advising, providing information and counseling, and case and care management to individuals, families, and groups coping with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses.

General Information

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.

Healthcare Social Worker

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 35 openings per year are projected for Healthcare Social Worker.


Employment Change

Employment for Healthcare Social Worker is forecasted to increase on par with the regional average by 18.6% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $31.94/hour. Entry level workers are paid $22.27, while experienced workers are paid $36.78. The median wage is above average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 244 Healthcare Social Worker in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 289.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Healthcare Social Worker are General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Home Health Care Services, and Individual and Family Services.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Healthcare Social Worker include Therapy and Counseling, Psychology, and English Language.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Healthcare Social Worker is Postgraduate degree. 70% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET