Mental Health Counselors (21-1014)

Occupation description:  Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging. Excludes Social Workers (21-1021 through 21-1029), Psychiatrists (29-1066), and Psychologists (19-3031 through 19-3039).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 449500 11.45 1015
United States 134,500160,900 19.62,640 2,8105,450

Job outlook

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

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 22.1412.9616.13 20.5926.6633.70
Alaska 31.5020.3425.54 30.7237.0043.62
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 33.3524.2827.62 32.1837.9743.89
Fairbanks North Star Borough 26.8317.2620.49 26.1231.2837.89
Southeast Region 34.2922.2830.90 35.3438.2643.83
Balance of State 32.4921.1825.91 31.0838.1546.34

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
48357 11.846.9 37.1
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation111
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation21
UI claimants previously working in occupation26
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 312
Number of job position postings 158
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.0

Alaska Licensing Information

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

Education: Master's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: Internship/Residency

Training Resources

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

Southern New Hampshire University   (Anchorge)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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