FAQ: LMSW vs. LCSW
Generalists vs. Specialists, Macro and Micro
The Essentials of Social Work Licensure
- Master’s: Master’s degree in social work (MSW) or higher with no post-degree experience.
- Advanced generalist: MSW or higher with two years of supervised experience after completing an MSW.
- Clinical: MSW or higher with two years of direct clinical social work experience after completing an MSW.
Additional Requirements for LCSW
Career Paths and Salary Differences
LMSW Career Paths
- Facilitating group therapy for a rehabilitation program.
- Helping at-risk and vulnerable populations locate housing and food resources.
- Providing career support to at-risk individuals.
- Providing case management in settings like child protection agencies.
- Working with government organizations to evaluate public assistance eligibility.
- Working in social advocacy or on policy reform.
LCSW Career Paths
- Private practice
- Public agencies
- Community and outpatient mental health clinics
- Primary care and inpatient psychiatric facilities
- Drug rehabilitation centers
- Emergency and crisis services