email@example.com in Staten Island, New York said: can anyone become a social worker
In Missouri, it is in our state statute passed by the legislature back a couple of years ago, that only individuals with a degree in social work can call themselves a "social worker".
Some agencies do hire individuals without a social work degree to do "basic" social service type work, but they cannot call themselves a social worker in Missouri. Some of the job titles I have seen are "social services assistant", "caseworker", "social service designee", etc.
I am not sure if NY has a law that also protects the title of social worker?
Also in Missouri one cannot get any type of licensure in social work, unless they have a degree BSW or MSW.