Substance abuse counselors are in high demand. The need is expected to grow 37% through 2022 according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Employers generally seek individuals with advanced education in the science and practice of addiction counseling.
This demand for substance abuse counselors is expected to be strong for a variety of reasons:
- As society becomes more knowledgeable about addiction, it is increasingly common for people to seek treatment
- Drug offenders are increasingly being sent to treatment programs rather than jail
- Insurance companies and HMOs increasingly provide for reimbursement to addiction counselors
- Employers are increasingly offering employee assistance programs that provide addiction services
What can I do with my degree?
An education in addiction counseling and prevention could lead you to a career as an addiction counselor or prevention specialist at a number of work settings like:
- Community mental health centers
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Criminal justice agencies
- Employee assistance programs
- Treatment centers
Addiction counseling and prevention knowledge can also advance the careers of other professionals like social workers, nurses, criminal justice workers, educators and more.