It can be confusing when looking at different degrees! These are some things I believe as essential in looking at what college majors to choose:
(1) What are your career goals? What do you see yourself doing day to day?
(2) Compare the social work curriculum and psychology curriculum and see which overall curriculum program seems to be more interesting to you.
(3) Do online job searches http://www.indeed.com
(Indeed) is a favorite of mine to check out the job market for the jobs you are interested in. Be sure to check the educational/licensure qualifications.
(4) How many years of college do you want to complete? And to tag along with that how much in student loans can you manage upon graduation?
Having two degrees in social work (BSW and MSW), I can say first hand that salary depends on the job you will hold, not the degree you have. It is a myth that most individuals with social work degrees work for child protective services. I work in the area of health care regulatory compliance. I know an individual with a BSW who worked for years as a juvenile officer. I know an individual with a degree in social work who works in development of public policy. During my social work internships, students have clinical opportunities at the MSW level as well. Individuals had internship opportunities in versatile settings, to include home health, hospice, hospitals, homeless shelters, residential care centers for at risk youth, etc at both the BSW and MSW level.
As far as being a licensed clinician here are some of the following degrees and licensures out there:
-Psychologist has a PhD in Clinical/Counseling Psychology or a PsyD in Clinical/Counseling Psychology.
- Masters degree in Psychology can also be licensed as a licensed professional counselor (many states call this license level the LPC).
- Masters degree in Social Work can also become licensed as a clinician, and the title in most states is LCSW (licensed clinical social worker). LCSW's do very well in private practice and in clinical positions. The Veterans Administration has a lot of LCSW's and hires a lot of LCSW's on staff in working with veterans and providing clinical needs. Salary ranges anywhere from $55,000 on up. To check out some examples of social work jobs in the U.S. government visit USA jobs http://www.usajobs.com
- Marriage and Family Therapist (MMFT)
-Masters in Guidance Counseling (primarily work in schools)
If interested in becoming a therapist, I would encourage you to visit the Association of Social Work Boards website http://www.aswb.org
and look at the licensure board link. Choose your state, and review your different licensure opportunities in your state for licensed clinicians. Also, do a job check as well for those different licensure levels.
A good website on the different types of mental health therapists/counselors: