How do you start a career in social work?

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How do you start a career in social work?

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a person aspiring to become a social worker must obtain a bachelor's of social work degree from an accredited institution, although degrees in related fields such as psychology or sociology may also work. However, in order to become a clinical social worker, an individual must not only obtain a master's of social work degree, but also have at least 2 years of supervised clinical experience and be licensed by their state. Here are some schools that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator:

  • Alcorn State University (located in Alcorn State, Mississippi): it is a public institution with a student population of 3,523
  • Alverno College (located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin): it is a private, not-for-profit institution with a student population of 1,744
  • Angelo State University (located in San Angelo, Texas): it is a public institution with a student population of 10,568

For more information about a bachelor of social work degree, check out this article: What Can You Do With a BSW Degree?

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