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Healthcare Social Workers - 21-1022.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Dialysis Social Worker
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Nephrology Social Worker
  • Oncology Social Worker
  • Renal Social Worker
  • Social Work Case Manager
  • Social Worker

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs.
  • Conduct social research to advance knowledge in the social work field.
  • Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness, and adjust to life.
  • Develop or advise on social policy and assist in community development.
  • Identify environmental impediments to client or patient progress through interviews and review of patient records.
  • Investigate child abuse or neglect cases and take authorized protective action when necessary.
  • 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.
  • Organize support groups or counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting the client or patient.
  • Oversee Medicaid- and Medicare-related paperwork and recordkeeping in hospitals.
  • Plan and conduct programs to combat social problems, prevent substance abuse, or improve community health and counseling services.
  • Plan discharge from care facility to home or other care facility.
  • 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.
  • Supervise and direct other workers providing services to clients or patients.
  • Utilize consultation data and social work experience to plan and coordinate client or patient care and rehabilitation, following through to ensure service efficacy.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on social or educational issues.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments.
  • Collect information about clients.
  • Complete documentation required by programs or regulations.
  • Conduct research on social issues.
  • Counsel clients or patients with substance abuse issues.
  • Counsel family members of clients or patients.
  • Develop treatment plans for patients or clients.
  • Evaluate potential problems in home or work environments of clients.
  • Intervene in crisis situations to assist clients.
  • Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress.
  • Investigate legal issues.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Modify treatment plans to accommodate client needs.
  • Monitor clients to evaluate treatment progress.
  • Plan programs to address community health issues.
  • Refer clients to community or social service programs.
  • Refer individuals to educational or work programs.
  • Supervise workers providing client or patient services.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Army Public Health Nurse (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Behavioral Health Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Clinical Psychologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychologist, Aviation Psychologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychologist, Operational Psychologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Social Worker (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Mental Health Nurse (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nurse Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Religious Affairs Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Social Work (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Social Worker, Medical