Licensed Clinical Social Worker

What Does A Licensed Clinical Social Worker Do?

A licensed clinical social worker diagnoses and treats mental illnesses; they help clients to find productive ways to deal with difficult situations they are experiencing. The type of work that Wendy (featured in the video) does is a little different than what social workers generally do – helping to set clients up with useful community resources.

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How Do I Become A Licensed Clinical Social Worker?

Depending on location, a person needs a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in social work to obtain this position. A master’s degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after earning a four-year bachelor’s degree. Generally, the more education you have, the more valuable you are!

What is the Average Salary For A Licensed Clinical Social Worker?

High – 83,000
Median – 50,000
Low – 35,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Licensed Clinical Social Worker?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Licensed Clinical Social Worker?

Social workers typically work in hospitals, mental health clinics, the government, and in private practice.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Licensed Clinical Social Worker?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Licensed Clinical Social Worker?