How Much Schooling Does It Take to Become a Social Worker?

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A bachelor's degree is sufficient for entry-level social worker positions such as a mental health assistant or residential counselor. However, for positions in health care settings, an individual must possess a Master of Social Work. A master's degree is also a requirement for licensure as a clinical social worker.

Social workers help people deal with various issues in their lives. Clinical social workers are also qualified to diagnose and treat mental, behavioral and emotional issues. As of 2012, there were about 607,300 persons employed as social workers in the United States. For the period between 2012 and 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 19 percent increase in the number of social work positions.