University of Wisconsin–Madison

Social Worker, Psychiatric

Psychiatric social workers, also referred to as clinical social workers or mental social workers, help individuals with mental or emotional disorders deal with social problems such as substance abuse or child neglect.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Psychiatric social workers perform most of their work in hospitals, clinics and other health care centers. They help mentally or emotionally disturbed individuals adapt to outside environments and help them develop their social skills. They act as a resource to patients to help them settle into their lifestyle after being discharged from a treatment program or facility. Psychiatric social workers consult with psychiatrists and psychologists and other health care workers. Most social workers work 40-hours a week, but occasionally may work evenings and weekends. While social work can be difficult because of emotional strain, it is also challenging and rewarding.

Getting Started

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2012 (Wisconsin): 1,440
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): $47,583

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