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Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Iowa

Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Iowa
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Noodle Staff February 17, 2018

Social work is a valued profession, and one in which you are empowered to give back to society and to help so many lives.

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Social work is a valued profession, and one in which you are empowered to give back to society and to help so many lives. Social workers maintain a critical role in the enhancement of society as they support communities and individuals to discover answers to life’s challenges. Social Workers help individuals, children or families if they are having problems being productive and stable in their own lives. A career as a social worker can be quite fulfilling.

Becoming a licensed clinical social worker in Iowa requires certain education levels, hours of clinical service, and possibly other requirements.

The first major step towards a licensed clinical social worker career is to obtain the required educational degree for Iowa. We recommend you being your search for an accredited social work program by reviewing those accredited by CSWE, the the national association representing social work education in the United States.

One such example of a CSWE accredited social work program is Tulane University Online Masters of Social Work. The online MSW at Tulane University requires applicants to have a bachelor’s degree but does not require a GRE score for admission. Click to contact Tulane University about their online Master of Social Work program.

In Iowa, the average salary for licensed clinical social workers is $47,585. For social workers who have a master’s degree, the average salary is $54,859. And for those with a doctoral degree, the average salary is $70,074. The demand for Iowa social workers is expected to increase by 15 percent by 2026.

Open social worker jobs in Iowa are currently estimated to be 10,328 as of December 2017. Listed below are a few examples of organizations actively hiring social workers. The majority of these jobs for social workers prefer or require individuals with a masters degree.

  • Lutheran Services In Iowa
  • Iowa Department of Administrative Services
  • The Mentor Network
  • Boys Town
  • Social Worker

When considering a masters level education to become a licensed clinical social worker in Iowa, or to advance your career as a Iowa social worker, you should investigate the details of respective programs. For example, most programs include a core of general courses, yet vary tremendously in how they prepare students for various advanced practice roles. Find a school to get started on your journey to becoming a licensed clinical social worker in Iowa.

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Tom Meltzer spent over 20 years writing and teaching for The Princeton Review, where he was lead author of the company's popular guide to colleges, before joining Noodle.

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