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Counselor, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesCounsel and advise individuals with alcohol, drug, gambling, and eating disorders. They counsel individuals who are addicted to drugs to help them identify behaviors and problems related to their addictions. They hold counseling sessions for one person, families, or groups of people to assist them in dealing with their problems.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$38,120 per year in 2010

Work Context & ConditionsCounselors usually work indoors and spend a great deal of time in contact with others (face-to-face and by telephone). They work in a variety of public and private settings. These jobs usually require sitting for long periods of time. They are often in situations involving conflict.

Minimum Education RequirementsMaster's Degree

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

AbilitiesOral Expression, Problem Sensitivity, Speech Clarity, Inductive Reasoning, Oral Comprehension