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Career and Education Opportunities for Medical Social Workers in California

California has a population of 36,961,664, which has grown by 9.12% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Golden State," its capital is Sacramento, though its most populous city is Los Angeles.

There are currently 10,800 working medical social workers in California; this should grow by 19% to about 12,900 working medical social workers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for medical social workers are expected to grow by about 22.4%. Medical social workers generally provide persons, families, or vulnerable populations with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses, such as Alzheimer's, cancer, or AIDS.

A person working as a medical social worker can expect to earn about $27 per hour or $57,560 per year on average in California and about $21 hourly or $45,650 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for medical social workers are better than in the overall category of Social Work and Community Services in California, and better than the overall Social Work and Community Services category nationally. People working as medical social workers can fill a number of jobs, such as: nursing home social worker, outreach coordinator, and group social worker.

In 2008, there were a total of 21,063,338 jobs in California. The average annual income was $43,852 in 2008, up from $43,402 the previous year. The unemployment rate in California was 11.4% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. Approximately 26.6% of California residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in California include other electronic parts merchant wholesalers, payroll services, and wineries. Notable tourist destinations include the Blitzstein Museum of Art, the African, and the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts.

CITIES WITH Medical Social Worker OPPORTUNITIES IN California


JOB DESCRIPTION: Medical Social Worker

Medical Social Worker video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, medical social workers provide persons, families, or vulnerable populations with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses, such as Alzheimer's, cancer, or AIDS. They also services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making necessary referrals for other social services.

Every day, medical social workers are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in California include:

  • Child and Family Services Worker. Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist single parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers on how to deal with problem children.
  • Mental Health Social Worker. Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and education.
  • Probation Officer. Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.
  • Social Services Assistant. Assist professionals from a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, to provide client services, as well as support for families. May assist clients in identifying available benefits and social and community services and help clients obtain them. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, or adult daycare.

LOCATION INFORMATION: California

California
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California has a population of 36,961,664, which has grown by 9.12% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Golden State," its capital is Sacramento, though its biggest city is Los Angeles. In 2008, there were a total of 21,063,338 jobs in California. The average annual income was $43,852 in 2008, up from $43,402 in 2007. The unemployment rate in California was 11.4% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. Roughly 26.6% of California residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in California include other electronic parts merchant wholesalers, payroll services, and wineries. Notable tourist destinations include the American Society of Military History & Museum, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, and the Black Maria Art Gallery.