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13 Occupations Where Social Perceptiveness Plays A Major Role

by Noah Smith
Monday, December 28, 2015



Social perceptiveness, which involves being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do, is a skill that belongs to a group known as social skills. Social skills is a set of skills that describes developed capacities used to work with people to achieve goals. Other skills that belong in this group are

  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation

The occupations where social perceptiveness play a major role are listed below.

Marriage and family therapists
Marriage and family therapists diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders. The other skill that is considered important for this occupation is active listening.
Median Annual Salary: $45,720 Projected 10-Year Employment Growth: 14.46%

Mental health and substance abuse social workers
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 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, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.
Median Annual Salary: $38,600 Projected 10-Year Employment Growth: 19.54%

Mental health counselors
Mental health counselors counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. They may also help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging. Other skills that are considered important for this occupation include active listening, critical thinking, reading comprehension and speaking.
Median Annual Salary: $38,150 Projected 10-Year Employment Growth: 24%

Medical and public health social workers
Medical and public health social workers 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. They may also also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare. The other skill that is considered important for this occupation is active listening.
Median Annual Salary: $47,230 Projected 10-Year Employment Growth: 22.39%

Clergy
Clergy conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members. Other skills that are considered important for this occupation include active listening, learning strategies, persuasion, reading comprehension, service orientation, speaking and writing.
Median Annual Salary: $43,970 Projected 10-Year Employment Growth: 12.69%

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. They may also counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.
Median Annual Salary: $38,120 Projected 10-Year Employment Growth: 21.02%

Educational, vocational, and school counselors
Educational, vocational, and school counselors counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.
Median Annual Salary: $53,380 Projected 10-Year Employment Growth: 13.99%

Social and community service managers
Social and community service managers plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers. Other skills that are considered important for this occupation include active listening, management of personnel resources and monitoring.
Median Annual Salary: $57,950 Projected 10-Year Employment Growth: 13.78%

Rehabilitation counselors
Rehabilitation counselors counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.
Median Annual Salary: $32,350 Projected 10-Year Employment Growth: 18.95%

Child, family, and school social workers
Child, family, and school social workers 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. They may also assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. They may also also advise teachers. The other skill that is considered important for this occupation is active listening.
Median Annual Salary: $40,210 Projected 10-Year Employment Growth: 12.33%

Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 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.
Median Annual Salary: $47,200 Projected 10-Year Employment Growth: 19.28%

Directors, religious activities and education
Directors, religious activities and education plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. They may also provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.
Median Annual Salary: $36,170 Projected 10-Year Employment Growth: 12.64%

Dietitians and nutritionists
Dietitians and nutritionists plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. They may also supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research. Other skills that are considered important for this occupation include reading comprehension and writing.
Median Annual Salary: $53,250 Projected 10-Year Employment Growth: 9.24%
 

Source: O*NET

Source: O*NET