Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.
- Addiction Counselor
- Addictions Counselor
- Addiction Specialist
- Addiction Therapist
- Adolescent Substance Abuse Program Coordinator
- Alcohol and Drug Counselor
- Alcoholic Counselor
- Assessment Specialist
- Behavioral Analyst
- Behavioral Specialist
- Supervise or direct other workers providing services to clients or patients.
- Follow progress of discharged patients to determine effectiveness of treatments.
- Confer with family members or others close to clients to keep them informed of treatment planning and progress.
- Act as liaisons between clients and medical staff.
- Train or supervise student interns or new staff members.
- Instruct others in program methods, procedures, or functions.
- Develop, implement, or evaluate public education, prevention, or health promotion programs, working in collaboration with organizations, institutions, or communities.
- Counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting clients or patients.
- Coordinate activities with courts, probation officers, community services, or other post-treatment agencies.
- Provide clients or family members with information about addiction issues and about available services or programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SAI.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Artistic and Investigative environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Recognition in their jobs.
- Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
- Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
In 2012, the average annual wage in United States was $40,920 with most people making between $25,140 and $60,000
During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 85,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 108,000 employed in 2020.
This occupation will have about 2,000 openings due to growth and about 39,000 replacement openings for approximately 41,000 total annual openings.
majorSubstance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
majorClinical/Medical Social Work
collegeSan Diego State University
onetMental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
onetMental Health Counselors
onetChild, Family, and School Social Workers
collegeUniversity of Southern California
collegeLoma Linda University
collegeCalifornia State University-Long Beach