Careers in Social Work
Percent change in employment, projected 2010-20
- Counselors, Social Workers, and Other Community and Social Service Specialists
- Social Workers
- Total, All Occupations
"Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help people, to make things better, and to make a difference. Social workers help people function the best way they can in their environment, deal with their relationships with others, and solve personal and family problems."
Employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be due to an increase in demand for health care and social services but will vary by specialty.
A bachelor's degree (BSW) is the minimum qualification for many entry-level positions, but a Masters degree (MSSW) is required for clinical practice. Social Workers must be licensed to practice.
Many graduates find it advantageous after graduation to qualify for one or more licensures of competence in a specialized area. A summary of qualification requirements is listed below.
Licensed Social Worker (LBSW)
- The minimum qualification for examination for licensure as a social worker (LBSW) is a bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited college or university.
Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW)
- The minimum qualification for examination for licensure as a licensed Master of social worker (LMSW) is a master's degree in social work from an accredited college or university.
Advanced Clinical Practitioner (LCSW)
Limited to those who are recognized in this specialty. An advanced clinical practitioner is a clinical social worker who is:
- a social work licensure (LMSW)
- has three years of full time clinical social work experience in an agency, institution, or in the employment of an individual qualified as a private practitioner under the rules. Applicant must have three years of experience after completing the requirements for the LMSW
- three years or 3000 hours must have been completed under the supervision of an individual eligible for certification as an LCSW (originally recognized as LMSW-ACP).
For more information contact Professional Licensing and Certification Unit of the Texas Department of State Health Services
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
A practitioner may be licensed as a professional counselor when the following requirements are met:
- a graduate degree from an accredited university
- planned graduate program of at least 45 semester hours covering ten areas of knowledge and a counseling practicum
- twenty-four months or 2,000 clock hours of supervised counseling experience
- passing the state licensure examination for counselors
- renewal of licensure requirements completion of 75 clock hours of continuing education every three years — licensed counselors may be required to meet additional requirements for specialty designations
Requests for copies of the Licensed Professional Counselor Act, the Board's rules and regulations, applications and complaint forms should be sent to the Professional Licensing and Certification Unit of the Texas Department of State Health Services