|Quick Facts: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors|
|2014 Median Pay||
$39,270 per year
$18.88 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||Bachelor's degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||94,900|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||22% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||21,200|
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors work in a wide variety of settings, such as mental health centers, community health centers, prisons, and private practice. Most work full time.
Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. However, depending on the employer, educational requirements can vary from a high school diploma and certification to a master’s degree.
The median annual wage for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors was $39,270 in May 2014.
Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as addiction and mental health counseling services are increasingly covered by insurance policies.
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