Careers in Counseling
Much like psychologists, counselors work with both individuals and groups to help facilitate positive social, emotional, and behavioral growth. However, most counseling fields require less formal education and fieldwork experience than full-fledged psychology careers. A master’s degree and state license is sufficient for most positions.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for most counseling careers are projected to rise faster than the national average for all careers in the U.S. Job opportunities in the School and Career Counselor sector are expected to grow by 8% between 2018 and 2028. Over that same timespan, mental health counseling opportunities (including substance abuse counseling and behavioral disorder counseling) are expected to mental health counseling opportunities are expected to increase by 22%.
School counselors support students’ social, emotional, and academic growth. They also work with other educational stakeholders – families, teachers, school staff, and the community – to promote positive and productive learning environments.
Mental Health Counselor
Mental health counselors support and treat people suffering with mental and/or behavioral problems including stress, grief, anxiety, depression, and destructive urges. Often times, counselors’ support extends beyond individuals to include the family, friends, and coworkers most closely affected by their patients’ issues.