Careers, Licensures, and Salaries in Vermont

Social work that specializes in youth and school services sees a large portion of employment according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over 1,200 workers are estimated in this particular field. Employment is significantly higher in comparison to the health care specialization, but the latter does have high concentration with 1.5 employed per 1,000 workers.

Average Salary of a Vermont Social Worker

Statewide averages for social workers working with youth, family, and schools will typically sit around $51,750 annually. By comparison, professionals in social work for the health care field make an average salary of $56,570 annually. Typically, work in the northern portion of the state boost up the statewide average.

Vermont Social Work Licensure Requirements

Social work professionals that have completed a Master’s degree can pursue Vermont state licensure in two different formats. One still requires supervision in clinical work, and the other provides the clinical independencies (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker). Receiving the latter licensure requires the passing of a clinical exam through the Association of Social Work Boards and a state jurisprudence exam.

Hours of Experience Requirements

In addition to holding a Master’s degree from a CSWE-accredited program, applicants must have an additional 3,000 of clinical experience after graduation. Two-thirds of this experience must be providing psychotherapy to clients. Supervisors must hold the LICSW licensure and have been practicing for at least three years.

Endorsement and Renewal Requirements

The state of Vermont allows licensure by endorsement from other states assuming criteria is similar or stronger than what they offer. If requirement does not meet this expectation, practitioners that have been active for five years (over 1,200 clock hours annually) and have no stipulations on their license can still apply. Renewal takes place every two years and requires 20 credit hours of continuous education.