Healthcare Social Workers (21-1022)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 225255 13.33 69
United States 160,100191,000 19.33,090 3,8606,950

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 27.3115.9920.44 26.3832.6239.21
Alaska 32.4320.7324.40 33.4038.2644.26
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 33.0120.8225.68 33.4338.5445.15
Balance of State 33.3021.2224.42 34.7438.9545.09

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
25121 8.445.7 35.0
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation80
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation34
UI claimants previously working in occupation12
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 172
Number of job position postings 51
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 3.4

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Master's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: Internship/Residency

Training Resources

 Degree
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University   (JBER)
Human Factors MS

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Allied Health – Human Services Emphasis AA

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Clinical Social Work Practice GCRT
Social Work BSW
Social Work MSW

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Prince William Sound   (Valdez)
Disability Services AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Social Work BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Social Work BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi   (Kotzebue)
Social Work BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Social Work BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
Social Work BA

 Degree
Wayland Baptist University   (Anchorage)
Counseling (MA) MA