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Consider getting licensed in your state.
The purpose of social work licensing is to ensure safe professional practice. Each state board defines what is required for each level of social work license. The specific license names and requirements vary significantly by state. There are four levels of education and training that are commonly distinguished by different levels of licensure.

Bachelor’s level: Baccalaureate social work degree (BSW)
Master’s level: Master’s degree in social work (MSW)
Advanced Generalist: MSW plus two years non-clinical supervised social work experience
Clinical: MSW plus two years direct clinical supervised social work experience
Some states require you to obtain a license before beginning your career in social work. In some states, it may be important to work toward progressive licenses as you advance in your career.