Top Online Counseling Degrees
Counselors help people resolve career, educational, emotional, family and mental health problems. There are many different disciplines in this field, usually described professionally according to where they work and who they assist.
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Counseling Degrees and Career Options
There are many different types of counselors - school and career counselors, substance abuse and behavorial disorder counselors, mental health counselors and rehabilitation counselors, among others. These professions are almost universally education-intensive because counselors deal directly with the well-being of others. For example, a Master of Science (MS) in Mental Health Counseling is the minimum degree required to become a mental health counselor. A doctorates or PhD in Counseling is recommended for those who want to attain the most lucrative and prestigious positions in the field.
Job Outlook for Counseling Professions
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects good growth in counseling professions, although the rate differs depending on the profession. Some sample careers and the projected growth rate: school and career counselors, 19%; substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, 27%; mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, 37%; rehabilitation counselors, 28%.
Salaries vary as well. School counselors made an average $53,380 in 2010, according to the BLS. Other occupations and the average salary from 2010 include: substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, $38,120; mental health counselors, $39,710; rehabilitation counselors, $32,350.