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Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tennessee

Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tennessee
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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.

To become a licensed clinical social worker in Tennessee one must obtain the Tennessee required education levels, fieldwork experience or clinical hours and possibly satisfy several other administrative requirements

When considering a career as a licensed clinical social worker in Tennessee, and evaluating potential educational programs, you should enroll at a CSWE accredited program. Depending on the job, Tennessee may require that candidates have a degree from CSWE accredited MSW program.

An example accredited social work program by the CSWE is the Online Masters of Social Work at Tulane University which has trained social workers since 1914. Tulane University’s MSW program helps prepare students to pass their clinical exams (84%) as well as their Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) exams (81%). Visit here to learn more about Tulane University and their online Master of Social Work program.

The average Tennessee licensed clinical social worker salary is $44,902. For those individuals who’ve gone on to obtain a master’s degree in social work, the average salary is $47,099. Those who have a doctoral degree earn $70,021 on average. The demand for Tennessee social workers is expected to increase by 15 percent by 2026.

Currently, there are 11,250 open positions in Tennessee for social workers. In fact, the following health centers are currently recruiting to hire social workers, with a preference for those with a masters degree, or concurrently enrolled in a masters program.

  • Youth Villages
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation
  • Corizon
  • Regions Bank

Whether you are just starting off in your career as a licensed clinical social worker in Tennessee or currently work as a social worker but are interested in expanding your earnings potential then a graduate degree in social work might be the right fit for you. The Council on Social Work Education has accredited over 240 MSW programs. Begin your search for an MSW program below to begin the path of becoming a licensed clinical social worker in Tennessee.

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