|Quick Facts: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors|
$38,120 per year
$18.33 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|27% (Faster than average)|
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who have alcoholism or other types of 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, prisons, and private practice. Most work full time.
Educational requirements range from a high school diploma to a master’s degree, depending on the setting, type of work, state regulations, and level of responsibility.
The median annual wage of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors was $38,120 in May 2010.
Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow by 27 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as more people seek treatment for their addictions or other behaviors and drug offenders are increasingly sentenced to treatment rather than jail time.
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