Education for Social Work
Entry level work as a case worker is sometimes available to bachelor's degree holders, but the MSW has become the standard entry requirement for most positions. With an MSW a social worker may engage research, advocacy, and consulting. Social workers who go into private practice require, at minimum, an MSW, supervised work experience, and state certification. Many social workers who engage in private practice maintain a job at a social service agency or hospital because a private practice is difficult to establish, financially risky, and does not provide health insurance and retirement benefits. Some social workers seek further training in the form of a doctor of social work (DSW) degree. The DSW prepares graduates for careers in research and academia, administration, grant writing and more.