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Counselor, Mental Health
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesCounsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health. May help individuals deal with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; suicide; stress management; problems with self-esteem; and issues associated with aging and mental and emotional health.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$39,710 per year in 2010

Work Context & ConditionsMental health counselors usually work a standard 40-hour week. Self-employed counselors and those working in mental health and community agencies, such as substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, often work evenings to counsel clients who work during the day.

Minimum Education RequirementsMaster's Degree

SkillsSocial Perceptiveness, Learning Strategies, Monitoring, Critical Thinking, Active Listening, Writing, Service Orientation, Negotiation, Time Management, Active Learning, Complex Problem Solving, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking

AbilitiesOral Expression, Speech Recognition, Deductive Reasoning, Problem Sensitivity, Written Comprehension, Speech Clarity, Inductive Reasoning, Written Expression, Oral Comprehension