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21-1022.00 - 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.

Sample of reported job titles: Clinical Social Worker, Dialysis Social Worker, Director of Social Work, Hospice Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Nephrology Social Worker, Oncology Social Worker, Renal Social Worker, Social Work Case Manager, Social Worker

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
92   Core
Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs. See more occupations related to this task.
92   Core
Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises. See more occupations related to this task.
91   Core
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. See more occupations related to this task.
90   Core
Investigate child abuse or neglect cases and take authorized protective action when necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
87   Core
Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness, and adjust to life. See more occupations related to this task.
86   Core
Plan discharge from care facility to home or other care facility. See more occupations related to this task.
86   Core
Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress according to measurable goals described in treatment and care plan. See more occupations related to this task.
84   Core
Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in clients' status. See more occupations related to this task.
83   Core
Identify environmental impediments to client or patient progress through interviews and review of patient records. See more occupations related to this task.
80   Core
Organize support groups or counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting the client or patient. See more occupations related to this task.
78   Core
Utilize consultation data and social work experience to plan and coordinate client or patient care and rehabilitation, following through to ensure service efficacy. See more occupations related to this task.
76   Core
Plan and conduct programs to combat social problems, prevent substance abuse, or improve community health and counseling services. See more occupations related to this task.
72   Core
Supervise and direct other workers providing services to clients or patients. See more occupations related to this task.
71   Core
Oversee Medicaid- and Medicare-related paperwork and recordkeeping in hospitals. See more occupations related to this task.
67   Core
Develop or advise on social policy and assist in community development. See more occupations related to this task.
55   Core
Conduct social research to advance knowledge in the social work field. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Calendar and scheduling software — Calendar software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Command Systems ComServe; Database software; Relational database software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Desktop publishing software — Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker; Microsoft Publisher See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — Automated clinical information systems; James Frazier Associates DataStart; Medical records software; Patient electronic medical record EMR software (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Information presentation software; Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Web page creation and editing software — Web page design and editing software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Corel WordPerfect software; Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
100 
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.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
99 
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.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
87 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
86 
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.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
75 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
71 
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.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
56 
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
55 
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.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
54 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
54 
Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
42 
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.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
42 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
39 
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.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
39 
Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
37 
Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
31 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
28 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
28 
Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
28 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
27 
Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
25 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
21 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
20 
Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
18 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
9 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
7 
Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
6 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
3 
Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
2 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
2 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
1 
Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
1 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
1 
Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
81 
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.See more occupations related to this skill.
78 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.See more occupations related to this skill.
78 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.See more occupations related to this skill.
75 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.See more occupations related to this skill.
72 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.See more occupations related to this skill.
72 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.See more occupations related to this skill.
69 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.See more occupations related to this skill.
69 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.See more occupations related to this skill.
66 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.See more occupations related to this skill.
63 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.See more occupations related to this skill.
60 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.See more occupations related to this skill.
53 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.See more occupations related to this skill.
53 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.See more occupations related to this skill.
53 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.See more occupations related to this skill.
53 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.See more occupations related to this skill.
53 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.See more occupations related to this skill.
53 
Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.See more occupations related to this skill.
53 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.See more occupations related to this skill.
50 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.See more occupations related to this skill.
50 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.See more occupations related to this skill.
44 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.See more occupations related to this skill.
38 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.See more occupations related to this skill.
25 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.See more occupations related to this skill.
19 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.See more occupations related to this skill.
19 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.See more occupations related to this skill.
19 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.See more occupations related to this skill.
19 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.See more occupations related to this skill.
16 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.See more occupations related to this skill.
16 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.See more occupations related to this skill.
16 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.See more occupations related to this skill.
3 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.See more occupations related to this skill.
0 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.See more occupations related to this skill.
0 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.See more occupations related to this skill.
0 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.See more occupations related to this skill.
0 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
78 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.See more occupations related to this ability.
78 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.See more occupations related to this ability.
75 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.See more occupations related to this ability.
75 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).See more occupations related to this ability.
75 
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.See more occupations related to this ability.
75 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.See more occupations related to this ability.
72 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.See more occupations related to this ability.
72 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.See more occupations related to this ability.
66 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.See more occupations related to this ability.
63 
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).See more occupations related to this ability.
60 
Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).See more occupations related to this ability.
53 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.See more occupations related to this ability.
53 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.See more occupations related to this ability.
53 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).See more occupations related to this ability.
50 
Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.See more occupations related to this ability.
50 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.See more occupations related to this ability.
50 
Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).See more occupations related to this ability.
47 
Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.See more occupations related to this ability.
47 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.See more occupations related to this ability.
44 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.See more occupations related to this ability.
35 
Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.See more occupations related to this ability.
31 
Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.See more occupations related to this ability.
31 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.See more occupations related to this ability.
28 
Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.See more occupations related to this ability.
28 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.See more occupations related to this ability.
25 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.See more occupations related to this ability.
25 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.See more occupations related to this ability.
25 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.See more occupations related to this ability.
25 
Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.See more occupations related to this ability.
22 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.See more occupations related to this ability.
22 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.See more occupations related to this ability.
22 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.See more occupations related to this ability.
22 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.See more occupations related to this ability.
22 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.See more occupations related to this ability.
22 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.See more occupations related to this ability.
22 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.See more occupations related to this ability.
13 
Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.See more occupations related to this ability.
13 
Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.See more occupations related to this ability.
10 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.See more occupations related to this ability.
3 
Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.See more occupations related to this ability.
3 
Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.See more occupations related to this ability.
0 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.See more occupations related to this ability.
0 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.See more occupations related to this ability.
0 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.See more occupations related to this ability.
0 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.See more occupations related to this ability.
0 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.See more occupations related to this ability.
0 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.See more occupations related to this ability.
0 
Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.See more occupations related to this ability.
0 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.See more occupations related to this ability.
0 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.See more occupations related to this ability.
0 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.See more occupations related to this ability.
0 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
94 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.See more occupations related to this activity.
92 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.See more occupations related to this activity.
89 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.See more occupations related to this activity.
89 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.See more occupations related to this activity.
88 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.See more occupations related to this activity.
85 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.See more occupations related to this activity.
83 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.See more occupations related to this activity.
83 
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.See more occupations related to this activity.
81 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.See more occupations related to this activity.
78 
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.See more occupations related to this activity.
76 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.See more occupations related to this activity.
74 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.See more occupations related to this activity.
74 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.See more occupations related to this activity.
74 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.See more occupations related to this activity.
73 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.See more occupations related to this activity.
71 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.See more occupations related to this activity.
71 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.See more occupations related to this activity.
71 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.See more occupations related to this activity.
70 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.See more occupations related to this activity.
69 
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.See more occupations related to this activity.
69 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.See more occupations related to this activity.
65 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.See more occupations related to this activity.
64 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.See more occupations related to this activity.
63 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.See more occupations related to this activity.
60 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.See more occupations related to this activity.
59 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.See more occupations related to this activity.
57 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.See more occupations related to this activity.
52 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.See more occupations related to this activity.
49 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.See more occupations related to this activity.
42 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.See more occupations related to this activity.
41 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.See more occupations related to this activity.
32 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.See more occupations related to this activity.
22 
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.See more occupations related to this activity.
18 
Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.See more occupations related to this activity.
17 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.See more occupations related to this activity.
16 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.See more occupations related to this activity.
10 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).See more occupations related to this activity.
8 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.See more occupations related to this activity.
6 
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.See more occupations related to this activity.
3 
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.See more occupations related to this activity.
1 
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?See more occupations related to this work context.


100     Every day
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?See more occupations related to this work context.


96     Every day
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?See more occupations related to this work context.


96     Every day
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?See more occupations related to this work context.


68     Constant contact with others
32     Contact with others most of the time
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?See more occupations related to this work context.


72     Extremely important
20     Very important
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?See more occupations related to this work context.


64     Extremely important
28     Very important
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?See more occupations related to this work context.


63     Every day
25     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?See more occupations related to this work context.


76     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?See more occupations related to this work context.


46     A lot of freedom
54     Some freedom
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?See more occupations related to this work context.


48     A lot of freedom
48     Some freedom
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?See more occupations related to this work context.


56     Every day
32     Once a week or more but not every day
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?See more occupations related to this work context.


54     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
25     Once a month or more but not every week
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?See more occupations related to this work context.


24     Every day
64     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?See more occupations related to this work context.


29     Every day
50     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Once a month or more but not every week
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?See more occupations related to this work context.


29     Every day
50     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Once a month or more but not every week
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?See more occupations related to this work context.


32     Very important results
44     Important results
20     Moderate results
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?See more occupations related to this work context.


44     Very close (near touching)
32     Moderately close (at arm's length)
12     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?See more occupations related to this work context.


16     Extremely important
52     Very important
32     Important
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.See more occupations related to this work context.


43     More than 40 hours
52     40 hours
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?See more occupations related to this work context.


12     Continually or almost continually
44     More than half the time
36     About half the time
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?See more occupations related to this work context.


13     Extremely important
38     Very important
33     Important
13     Fairly important
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?See more occupations related to this work context.


16     High responsibility
56     Moderate responsibility
20     Limited responsibility
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?See more occupations related to this work context.


20     High responsibility
44     Moderate responsibility
28     Limited responsibility
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?See more occupations related to this work context.


21     Highly competitive
33     Moderately competitive
25     Slightly competitive
13     Not at all competitive
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?See more occupations related to this work context.


17     Once a week or more but not every day
48     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Once a year or more but not every month
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?See more occupations related to this work context.


16     Every day
16     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
24     Once a year or more but not every month
20     Never
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?See more occupations related to this work context.


12     Extremely serious
48     Serious
24     Fairly serious
12     Not serious at all
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?See more occupations related to this work context.


13     Once a week or more but not every day
38     Once a month or more but not every week
46     Once a year or more but not every month
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?See more occupations related to this work context.


21     Every day
17     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
25     Never
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?See more occupations related to this work context.


56     About half the time
40     Less than half the time
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?See more occupations related to this work context.


16     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
36     Never
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?See more occupations related to this work context.


17     Very important
13     Important
38     Fairly important
29     Not important at all
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?See more occupations related to this work context.


12     About half the time
72     Less than half the time
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?See more occupations related to this work context.


12     Every day
16     Once a month or more but not every week
56     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?See more occupations related to this work context.


12     Once a month or more but not every week
24     Once a year or more but not every month
48     Never
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?See more occupations related to this work context.


12     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
20     Once a year or more but not every month
56     Never
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?See more occupations related to this work context.


44     Less than half the time
36     Never
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?See more occupations related to this work context.


12     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
56     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?See more occupations related to this work context.


13     Moderately automated
33     Slightly automated
46     Not at all automated
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?See more occupations related to this work context.


12     Once a month or more but not every week
20     Once a year or more but not every month
64     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?See more occupations related to this work context.


29     Once a year or more but not every month
58     Never
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?See more occupations related to this work context.


28     Less than half the time
60     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?See more occupations related to this work context.


17     Once a year or more but not every month
67     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?See more occupations related to this work context.


13     Once a month or more but not every week
17     Once a year or more but not every month
67     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?See more occupations related to this work context.


32     Less than half the time
68     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?See more occupations related to this work context.


84     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?See more occupations related to this work context.


24     Less than half the time
76     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?See more occupations related to this work context.


12     Once a year or more but not every month
84     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?See more occupations related to this work context.


92     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?See more occupations related to this work context.


92     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?See more occupations related to this work context.


92     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?See more occupations related to this work context.


96     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)See more occupations related to this work context.


96     Not important at all
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?See more occupations related to this work context.


92     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?See more occupations related to this work context.


96     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?See more occupations related to this work context.


100     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?See more occupations related to this work context.


100     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
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).
Related 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.
Job 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.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
92   Master's degree
4   Post-baccalaureate certificate Help
4   Post-master's certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.See more occupations related to this interest.
50 
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.See more occupations related to this interest.
39 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.See more occupations related to this interest.
39 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.See more occupations related to this interest.
33 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.See more occupations related to this interest.
0 
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
99 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.See more occupations related to this work style.
98 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.See more occupations related to this work style.
97 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.See more occupations related to this work style.
95 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.See more occupations related to this work style.
95 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.See more occupations related to this work style.
92 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.See more occupations related to this work style.
91 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.See more occupations related to this work style.
91 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.See more occupations related to this work style.
88 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.See more occupations related to this work style.
87 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.See more occupations related to this work style.
86 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.See more occupations related to this work style.
82 
Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.See more occupations related to this work style.
80 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.See more occupations related to this work style.
76 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.See more occupations related to this work style.
72 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.See more occupations related to this work style.
68 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
95 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.See more occupations related to this work value.
78 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.See more occupations related to this work value.
78 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.See more occupations related to this work value.
72 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.See more occupations related to this work value.
61 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.See more occupations related to this work value.
56 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.See more occupations related to this work value.

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Related Occupations   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

19-3031.03 Counseling Psychologists
21-1011.00 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors Bright Outlook
21-1012.00 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
21-1013.00 Marriage and Family Therapists Bright Outlook
21-1014.00 Mental Health Counselors Bright Outlook
21-1021.00 Child, Family, and School Social Workers Bright Outlook
21-1023.00 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers   Bright Outlook Bright Outlook  
43-4051.03 Patient Representatives Bright Outlook

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $24.97 hourly, $51,930 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 146,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 70,200
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Health Care and Social Assistance (81% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Social Workers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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