Careers, Licensures, and Salaries in Alaska

There is high concentration for social work specialists in child, family, and school services according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over 1,160 workers are represented in this field, and this equates to 3.6 workers per 1,000 employed. The annual mean wage across the state is approximately $52,710, which is around the same as the national average.

Alaska Social Work Licensure Requirements

Graduates from a CSWE-accredited Master’s degree has an option to become certified as a Licensed Master Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Submit proof of earning this degree and three letters of reference to receive a temporary license for up to one year. Applicants must also complete the Master-level exam through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

Hours of Experience Requirements

To gain the LCSW certification, an additional 3,000 hours of clinical social work is needed. This work must be supervised by licensed social workers or psychiatrists by the state. A different clinical exam through the ASWB is needed and applicants will need to pass this prior to receiving licensure.

Renewal Requirements

Renewal for state licensure in Alaska is needed every two years, and there are varying fees needed based on the licensure held. At least 45 hours of continuing education is needed with fees, and three credit hours must be designated to ethical topics and six credit hours on substance abuse. With the first renewal, cultural topics on Alaska Natives is required.