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Social Work FAQs

Browse through frequently asked questions about the the social work profession. Plus learn more about earning your BSW or MSW at UMass Global.

As a social worker, you can make a true difference in the lives of so many people. Explore this rewarding profession and programs with our robust resource page that can help get you where you want to be. Plus uncover the answers to some of the common frequently asked questions that aspiring social workers often wonder about.

Frequently Asked Questions

Social Work FAQs

  • To become a social worker, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in social work. Many employers prefer candidates who have a master’s degree in social work as well. Clinical social workers must have a master’s degree in order to practice. See more requirements.
  • Social worker licensure requirements vary by state. Typically, obtaining your licensure includes achieving a minimum level of education, reaching a required amount of supervised practice time and completing an application. There are also optional and advanced licensures for specific social worker careers. You can learn more about requirements here.
  • It usually takes between four to six years to become a social worker. Aspiring social workers must earn their bachelor’s degree, and many continue on to earn a master’s degree as well.
  • The average social worker in 2020 earned $51,760 annually, according to the BLS. Generally, those with a master’s degree earn more than those with a bachelor’s.
  • Social workers can help military clients address difficulties such as PTSD, depression or anxiety, unemployment, financial hardship and more through individual or family counseling. Social workers support military personnel and their loved ones by developing community programs and initiatives that can improve their lives. Learn more about military social work
  • All social workers will work with our military population in some capacity, but some choose to specialize in serving those in specific stages including civilians, active-duty personnel and veterans. Each segment has unique resources such as community centers, military bases, and VA support. Read more about these career paths.
  • Simply put, an MSW — or a Master of Social Work — is a degree path. Conversely, an LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker. The latter is a social work professional who has obtained licensure after earning their master’s degree in the field. Find out more.
  • As an LCSW you can administer therapy services to individuals, families, and couples. You can help clients change problematic behavior or cope with challenging circumstances such as addiction, trauma, illness, injury, mental health disorders, and social challenges. Get more info about this profession
  • Social workers are employed in a variety of environments including child protective services agencies, schools, long-term care facilities, human rights advocacy organizations as well in local, state and federal agencies. Read on or explore the top 5 career options for grads.

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