Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers (21-1023)

Occupation description:  Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.

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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 490575 17.39 1321
United States 117,800140,000 18.92,230 2,8405,070

Job outlook

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

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 23.0212.8515.98 20.5327.2235.89
Alaska 22.1415.4117.61 21.5726.1630.02
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 21.4515.2517.27 21.0325.6229.63
Southeast Region 22.1616.6919.46 21.9024.3428.93
Balance of State 26.6616.2920.00 25.4031.9540.66

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
51338 7.441.8 30.2
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation200
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation88
UI claimants previously working in occupation37
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 288
Number of job position postings 130
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.2

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

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University   (JBER)
Human Factors MS

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Allied Health – Human Services Emphasis AA

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

University of Alaska Anchorage, Prince William Sound   (Valdez)
Disability Services AAS

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Social Work BA

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Social Work BA

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi   (Kotzebue)
Social Work BA

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Social Work BA

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
Social Work BA

Wayland Baptist University   (Anchorage)
Counseling (MA) MA