University of Wisconsin–Madison

Social Worker, Medical

Medical social workers, sometimes referred to as clinical social workers or health services social workers, collaborate with physicians and health care professionals to help individuals cope with social and emotional factors related to a medical condition or problem.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Medical social workers work in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, substance abuse facilities and other health care settings. They work directly with patients and families and counsel them on how to deal with emotional and social problems that are related to the patient’s medical disorder or disability. They are trained to link the patient with community resources. They advise patient and family on following medical recommendations and teach them to use community resources to resume a normal or active lifestyle – without being inhibited by their medical condition.

Getting Started

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2012 (Wisconsin): 2850
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 66,400
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 68,900
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 4%
Expected Annual Openings: 1,850
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $49,571

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

Wisconsin AHEC Health Careers Information Center provides the most current salary information available from CareerOneStop. CareerOneStop will have a lapse between when the information is gathered and when it is released.