Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors (21-1011)

Occupation description:  Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs. Excludes Social Workers (21-1021 through 21-1029), Psychologists (19-3031 through 19-3039), and Mental Health Counselors (21-1014) providing these services.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 370430 16.26 814
United States 94,900116,200 22.32,120 1,9904,110

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is strong with high employment opportunities. Read more.


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 20.6412.4315.31 19.2224.5930.30
Alaska 24.1016.4319.78 23.1528.5734.22
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 21.0415.0018.04 21.0323.5128.00
Southeast Region 29.7722.0425.80 30.5234.7337.27
Balance of State 25.6218.3321.45 25.7229.3833.64

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
34244 12.950.0 41.2
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation139
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation45
UI claimants previously working in occupation35
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 260
Number of job position postings 177
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 1.5

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Training   (Anchorage)
Correspondence Courses
Onsite Training
Substance Abuse Training Academy Certificate

 Degree
St. Hermans Theological Seminary   (Kodiak)
Substance Abuse Treatment Training