Overall, the state of Oklahoma has a high concentration of youth and school social workers mainly in Oklahoma City and the eastern portion of the state. Thousands of social workers specialize in health care and mental health according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both Oklahoma City and Tulsa are typical destinations for employment in these areas.
In terms of statewide salary, Oklahoma is lower than the national average in many social work positions. Those specializing in mental health typically receive a salary of $40,430 annually, and health care is estimated at an annual mean wage of $51,220. These figures are relatively the same when comparing to the metropolitan areas of Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Oklahoma Social Work Licensure Requirements
Five different licensures are available for students to apply for in the state of Oklahoma. These are based on the type of education accomplished and the amount of work desired on an independent basis.
Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA)
Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW)
Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
Licensed Social Worker in Administration (LSW-ADM)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
One of the unique aspects of the Oklahoma licensure process is the administration certification. For both this specialized licensure and the LSW, the exam on advanced generalist by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) must be completed and passed. For licensures above the associate level, at least 4,000 hours of supervised work must be completed in addition to the graduate degree.
Endorsement and Renewal Requirements
Some endorsement is possible with states, but all license holders from other areas can apply for endorsement to determine of the Oklahoma state board deems all criteria has been met. Renewal takes place every two years and 16 credit hours of continuing education is needed. Within this education, three credit hours are needed in ethical topics.