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)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 430492 14.417 3053
United States 157,700194,200 23.16,500 11,50021,650

Job outlook

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


Wage data is not available.

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
49460 12.148.8 39.0
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation106
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation21
UI claimants previously working in occupation28
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 333
Number of job position postings 115
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.9

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

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Clinical Social Work Practice GCRT