Increased Demand for Substance Abuse Counselors- Training Opportunity

The Bureau of labor Statistics predicts a 34% increase in the demand for Substance Abuse Counselors between 2006-2016,

a much faster growth rate than all other occuations.


This data seems to point to a training opportunity…..


Here are some excerpts from the report……


U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsBureau of Labor Statistics

U.S. Department of Labor

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition



Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors help people who have problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, and eating disorders. They counsel individuals who are addicted to drugs, helping them to identify behaviors and problems related to their addiction. Counseling can be done on an individual basis, but is frequently done in a group setting. These counselors will often also work with family members who are affected by the addictions of their loved ones. Counselors also conduct programs aimed at preventing addictions.


Counselors held about 635,000 jobs in 2006. Employment was distributed among the counseling specialties as follows:

Educational, vocational, and school counselors 260,000
Rehabilitation counselors 141,000
Mental health counselors 100,000
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 83,000
Marriage and family therapists 25,000
Counselors, all other 27,000


Job Outlook

Employment for counselors is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016.

Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow 34 percent, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. As society becomes more knowledgeable about addiction, it is increasingly common for people to seek treatment. Furthermore, drug offenders are increasingly being sent to treatment programs rather than jail.

Projections Data


Projections data from the National Employment Matrix

Occupational title SOC Code Employment, 2006 Projected
Change, 2006-16 Detailed statistics
Number Percent
Counselors 21-1010 635,000 771,000 136,000 21 PDF zipped XLS
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 21-1011 83,000 112,000 29,000 34 PDF zipped XLS
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 21-1012 260,000 292,000 33,000 13 PDF zipped XLS
Marriage and family therapists 21-1013 25,000 32,000 7,400 30 PDF zipped XLS
Mental health counselors 21-1014 100,000 130,000 30,000 30 PDF zipped XLS
Rehabilitation counselors 21-1015 141,000 173,000 32,000 23 PDF zipped XLS
Counselors, all other 21-1019 27,000 32,000 4,500 17 PDF zipped XLS
    NOTE: Data in this table are rounded. See the discussion of the employment projections table in the Handbook introductory chapter on Occupational Information Included in the Handbook.

Source:  1-09


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