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Career and Education Opportunities for Medical Social Workers in Connecticut

Connecticut has a population of 3,518,288, which has grown by 3.31% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Constitution State," its capital is Hartford, though its largest city is Bridgeport.

There are currently 2,220 working medical social workers in Connecticut; this should grow by 21% to 2,690 working medical social workers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for medical social workers, which sees this job pool growing by about 22.4% over the next eight years. 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.

Medical social workers earn about $27 hourly or $56,710 annually on average in Connecticut and about $21 per hour or $45,650 yearly on average nationally. Earnings for medical social workers are better than earnings in the general category of Social Work and Community Services in Connecticut and better than general Social Work and Community Services category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: home health care social worker, oncology social work, and geriatric care manager.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,279,011 jobs in Connecticut. The average annual income was $56,245 in 2008, up from $55,629 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Connecticut was 8.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.6% since the previous year. Approximately 31.4% of Connecticut residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Connecticut include petroleum bulk stations, sales financing, and paper product merchant wholesalers.

CITIES WITH Medical Social Worker OPPORTUNITIES IN Connecticut


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 Connecticut 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: Connecticut

Connecticut
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Connecticut has a population of 3,518,288, which has grown by 3.31% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Constitution State," its capital is Hartford, though its biggest city is Bridgeport. In 2008, there were a total of 2,279,011 jobs in Connecticut. The average annual income was $56,245 in 2008, up from $55,629 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Connecticut was 8.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.6% since the previous year. Roughly 31.4% of Connecticut residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Connecticut include petroleum bulk stations, sales financing, and paper product merchant wholesalers.