Top 10 Careers for People Who Are Socially Perceptive

July 9, 2014 Renee Masur

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People who are socially perceptive excel at understanding the feelings and emotions of other people. They are incredibly aware of other people's reactions and understanding why they act the way they do. People who are socially perceptive do really well in jobs that focus on helping people. If you are looking for a career that needs people who are socially perceptive, one of these might be the career for you! Click on any of the career names to learn more about them.

Counseling Psychologist

Counseling psychologists give the field of psychology its humanity.They pair theoretical concepts with the latest scientific breakthroughs in the behavioural health field in a practical, useful manner within a therapeutic or educational setting. Clinical research continues to uncover the mysteries of the human mind, particularly within the discipline of neuropsychology. According to the renowned clinical psychiatrist Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, over the last 25 years scientists have discovered more about the inner workings of the brain than the previous 100 years combined.

Mental Health Counselor

Mental health counsellors help people manage or overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives. Many apply cognitive behavioural therapy, a goal-oriented approach that helps clients understand harmful thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and replace them with positive, life-enhancing ones.


Psychologists study mental processes and human behaviour by observing, interpreting, and recording how people and other animals relate to one another and the environment. Some psychologists work independently, doing research or working only with patients or clients. Psychologists seek to understand and explain thoughts, emotions, feelings, and behaviour. Others work as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with physicians, social workers, and others to treat illness and promote overall wellness.

School Counselor

School counselors help students develop social skills and succeed in school. They work with students on their organization skills, time management, and study habits. They help students individually as well as groups. They may also teach classes on topics like bullying, drug abuse, and graduation planning. Their main goal is to help all students succeed in both in their personal lives, as well as their education and career.

Marriage Therapist

A marriage therapist is a specific type of counselor that works couples who are about to become married, or who are experiencing problems in their marriage. Some of the most common problems marriage therapists see clients for are cheating, affairs, money problems, problems with children, and intimacy or sexual issues. But not all marriages need to be in trouble for a counselor to work with couples. A marriage counselor helps couples learn to communicate effectively with one another so their relationship can get stronger. They ask questions that help their clients identify with their feelings and behaviours.

Drug & Alcohol Counselor

Drug & alcohol counselors are trained professionals who work with patients to help them better understand and overcome their addictions. Counselors help by offering support, rehabilitation, and guidance to patients. By counseling patients, they hope to allow them to gain greater insight into their addictive personality. Using various techniques, counselors seek to help an addict find the root cause of their problem. This often helps patients have a breakthrough, which can be a positive step on their road to recovery.

Substance Abuse Social Worker

A substance abuse social worker evaluates and treats people who have substance abuse problems. They're work means they get involved in a person's life because they are trying to counsel them through very difficult times. Their clients go through interviews, progress checks, record checks, assessments and regular check-ins. They understand human behaviour, personality, interests, research methods, individual differences in ability, and motivation. 


Many nurses really enjoy the difference they can make in a patient's life, and the rewards for saving a patient's life or greatly improving their day-to-day life by sharing some of their skills and knowledge is the reason many people choose this profession. Educating patients is another important aspect of nursing, as is learning. Sharing knowledge about health & nutrition can have a very positive effect on a patient's life. Many nurses agree that learning doesn't end with graduating, and indeed, they continue to learn until the end of their careers.

Naturopathic Physician

A Naturopathic Physician is a doctor who blends modern scientific medical practice and knowledge with natural and traditional forms of medical treatment. They use complementary and alternative therapies along with mainstream medical practice, with the goal of treating underlying causes of disease while stimulating the body's own healing abilities. One of their philosophies is having a holistic focus on how the structural, physiological, psychological, social, spiritual, and environmental lifestyle factors contribute to their overall health.

Social Worker

Social workers help people cope with challenges in every stage of their lives. They help with a wide range of situations, such as adopting a child or being diagnosed with a terminal illness. They identify people who need help and develop plans to improve their lives. They help them in a huge range of ares like in their personal relationships, health, employment and financial situations, and their general well-being.

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Renee Masur

Renee Masur is the Community Manager for Sokanu and Island girl living in Vancouver. She loves people and their stories.

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