Learn about the types of people who become healthcare social workers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


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Employment Type Mix, 2023

82% of healthcare social workers work in full-time roles while 18% work part-time.

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Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a healthcare social worker. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming healthcare social workers at a ratio of 2.20 to 1.

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Actual Gender Mix, 2023

77% of healthcare social workers are female and 23% are male.

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Gender Bias, 2023

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a healthcare social worker and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a healthcare social worker and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming a healthcare social worker than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.

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Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of healthcare social workers are White, making up 61% of the population. The next highest segments are East Asian and Black or African American, making up 10% and 9% respectively.