Specialty Highlight: Licensed Clinical Social Workers
During times of high stress, it’s critical to have access to professional support. Licensed Clinical Social Workers serve as an emotional and mental counselor for those in need. Their primary objective is to help people cope with their problems and get through their day-to-day life.
An LCSW performs a variety of services, ranging from helping patients find living arrangements, job placement, and making sure their basic needs are met. It’s an LCSW’s goal to make sure that their patient is set up for success after leaving their care.
Working as an LCSW
LCSWs can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, schools, community development programs, private practices, and more. To be able to begin serving the community as an LCSW, a master’s degree and 2 years of post-graduate experience in a supervised clinical setting is necessary, along with a state license.
The average pay for an LCSW nationally is about $57,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics but is expected to rise as the need becomes more pressing.
The Need for LCSWs
The job potential for an LCSW is skyrocketing, hitting an 11% expected growth rate between 2018 and 2028. This is especially true given the state of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. As stress levels rise, many have been turning to LCSWs to help them cope with their new reality.
With the implementation of telehealth, LCSWs have an advantage in the career market. They can perform much of their normal practice virtually, supporting patients without having to risk their own or the patients’ health.
If you are an LCSW seeking a new place to serve, we are here to help. With a variety of both permanent and locum tenens opportunities, we can partner with you to find the right position for you. Additionally, if you are a facility in need of an LCSW to support your community, we can provide you with many qualified candidates to consider for your opening. If you’ve considered a career change or a new position in the LCSW field, now is the perfect time. As the need for emotional and mental health support continues to grow, so will the need for Licensed Clinical Social Workers.