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How many years of college do I need to partake in to successfully become a Social Worker?

I'm looking to be a social worker for teens who have struggled with past/present issues. Such as abuse, abandonment, mental illnesses, or even suicidal thoughts. I would like to know how many years of schooling after high school I should take to be successful in obtaining this job #social-worker #teens #counselling

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Debbie Yoro’s Answer

Great question! I know that the cost of attending college has gone up since I was in school for social work so I understand that it's important to know how long it will take to accomplish it. It is generally 4 years for the undergraduate degree (BSW) and two additional years for the MSW. If you are seriously thinking about becoming a social worker, look for a BSW program for the undergrad and look for a MSW (Master's program) that will waive one year of grad school since your undergrad degree is a BSW.

Grad school is typically 2 years but if you have a BSW, some programs let you waive one year so that your grad school only takes one year to complete. If you major in anything other than social work for your undergrad degree, then you will likely need to be in grad school for the two years. Therefore, becoming a social worker can take anywhere from 5 - 6 years of full-time schooling.

I needed to work part time to pay for school therefore I took 9 years total. I know, it sound like forever. It was still worth it. The work is meaningful and challenging.

Debbie Yoro recommends the following next steps:

Take the introductory classes in the social work program or any family or psychology classes to get your feet wet and see if you like what you're learning.
Look for a school that offers both BSW and MSW (5th year) programs.
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Taylor’s Answer

Hi Sydney,
I understand you're interested in becoming a Social Worker and want to know how many years of college to expect. Depending on what state you're hoping to work as a Social Worker in, it varies, but I would say that it is better to partake in four years of college. That way, you can move anywhere in the United States and have the qualifications you need to work as a Social Worker.
Hope this info was helpful!
On a side note, I also included some possible next steps for you.

Taylor recommends the following next steps:

Look for four-year degrees in social work.
Suggestion the University of Utah. Link:https://socialwork.utah.edu/bsw/program-options/index.php
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