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Medical and Public Health Social Workers

Social workers provide a variety of services to clients who may have terminal, chronic, or acute diseases. They work alongside physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and home health aides to help a patient and his/her family adapt to new-found needs or circumstances.

Relevant Statistics

  • Projected Need: 56,000

    Projected Growth: 18-26%

    Median Wage: $21/hr

Medical and public health social workers may specialize in working with a particular population, such as the elderly, children, or organ transplant patients. Social workers are an indispensable resource for patients both in and out of the hospital.

Licensed social workers require at least a master’s degree in a field like social work, public health, or psychology. All states require social workers to be licensed, certified, and registered. Most states require 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience in order to get licensed.

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