How to Become a Social Worker in Michigan

MichiganWhat are the Different Types of Social Workers Licenses in Michigan?

There are two types of social workers’ licenses in Michigan:

  1. Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW)
  2. Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

Individuals who are interested in pursuing a social worker’s license in Michigan must first complete specific coursework as well as field work and post-graduate experience. Candidates must also register for and pass a state examination in order to become a social worker. Below is a general outline of the license requirements for the state of Minnesota. More in-depth information is available via the Public Health Code Section 333.19509.

What Kind of Degree is Required to Become a Social Worker in Michigan?

The minimum education requirement to pursue a social work license in the state of Michigan is a Bachelor’s Degree. This must be obtained from a school or program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The CSWE maintains an updated list of all of the accredited social work degree programs in the country that is worth looking into. The list includes information such as when each program was accredited and what specialties it offers.

Maine Social Work Licenses
Education Requirements Education Length Available Programs
LBSW (Licensed Bachelor's Social Worker) Bachelor's 4 Years Online or Campus
LMSW (Licensed Master's Social Worker) Master's +2 Years Supervised Work 7-8 Years Online or Campus
 

How Do I Get My LBSW in Michigan?

Upon graduating from an accredited BSW program, candidates will need to accumulate a certain amount of field experience in social work. Upon completion of this, individuals may take the state-level examination to become a Licensed Bachelor’s Social Worker.

Upon completion of an accredited BSW program, individuals must obtain at least two years of full-time, post-degree experience under a supervisor who is a licensed master social worker. After this is completed, individuals may register to take their examination.

Individuals must take and pass the Bachelor’s Level Examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

Read more about social work degrees in Michigan.

How Do I Get My LMSW in Michigan?

Upon graduating from an accredited MSW program, individuals must accumulate a certain amount of experience in social work. Upon completion of this, candidates can take the state-level examination to become a Licensed Master Social Worker.

Upon completion of an accredited MSW program, individuals must accumulate two years of full-time, post-degree experience. This must be completed under the supervision of a licensed master social worker. Once this is completed, individuals may register to take their examination. 

Individuals must take and pass the Master’s Level Examination administered by the ASWB.

More information about examination requirements is available via the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Social Worker Career Outlook In Michigan

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics gathered data for employment and wages in Michigan for all industries, including social work, as recently as May of 2014. According to the data collected, there were more than 20,000 social workers employed across the state of Michigan. More than half of those social workers were the reported 12,260 child, family and school social workers in Michigan while there were also almost 6,000 healthcare social workers and another 4,400 substance abuse social workers in the state as well. Child, family and school social workers earned a average annual salary of $46,730 while those in a healthcare setting earned an average annual salary of $52,350, more than $10,000 more than the average annual salary was for these social workers back in 2011. For more information on the state occupational employment and wage estimates, please visit the Michigan Occupational Employment Statistics page with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A good place for new professionals in the state to start looking for work is on the website of the Michigan chapter of the NASW. It has a career center that not only maintains a database of job postings in the state but also includes resource materials that will help keep aspiring social workers informed.

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