Careers: Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate

Careers: Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate
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Substance use disorder practitioners/addiction counselors are high in demand due to the rising numbers of those in need of their services. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 23 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 41,000 openings for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

Graduates work in a variety of settings including:

    • Hospitals
    • Outpatient treatment
    • DUI programs
    • Opioid replacement centers
    • Other mental health treatment settings
    • Private practice

Graduates of the online substance abuse counseling certificate are also eligible to continue their studies in a bachelor’s degree in substance abuse counseling as it allows them to transfer their earned credits to the program at the University of Cincinnati. After the completion of a graduate degree, these students can work in fields such as mental health counseling, social work, psychology, and criminal justice.

Employment outlook for graduates of Substance Abuse Counseling Program

Occupation Median Wage Projected Growth
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors $53,710 9%
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $55,960 9%
Rehabilitation Counselors $44,040 2-4%
Social and Community Service Managers $77,030 9%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists $61,800 2-4%