Information About Substance Abuse And Behavioral Disorder Counselors

What is this career like?

Substance abuse counselors provide treatment and support to people suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and similar disorders. Counselors evaluate a client's physical and mental health while determining his willingness to undergo treatment.

Counselors help clients develop and implement treatment goals, recommend treatment options, and educate clients and family on the nature of addiction. Counselors also help clients access other services, such as support groups, legal assistance and job placement services.

Where do Substance Abuse Counselors Work?
Substance abuse counselors may work in hospitals, mental health centers and rehab centers. Counselors also work in private practice, government agencies, prisons, halfway houses, addiction clinics and employee assistance programs.

Educational Requirements
An entry-level substance abuse counseling position may only require a high school diploma and on-the-job training, but higher levels require post-secondary degrees. For instance, a counselor requires a master's degree and state certification to run a private practice.

Job Outlook and Earning Power
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a steady increase in the demand for substance abuse counselors, with the job market expected to grow 27 percent between 2010 and 2030. Annual salary depends in education and experience, with an average salary of $38,120.

Training

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors need bachelor's degree.

Degrees for Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors
Training for Substance Abuse And Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Percent
Less than High School 1.3
High School 7.3
Some College 10.5
Associates Degree 5.6
Bachelors Degree 25.0
Masters Degree 45.9
Doctorate or Professional Degree 4.4

Employment

Represents about 86,000 people in the United States- 6.0% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 18,000 more substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 35,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors make $19.73 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors $12.10 $14.80 $18.50 $23.20 $28.90
Community and social services occupations $11.10 $14.40 $19.10 $26.20 $34.10
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors make $41,030 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors $25,280 $30,900 $38,560 $48,260 $60,220
Community and social services occupations $23,160 $29,990 $39,880 $54,650 $71,070
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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