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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 250281 12.410 1730
United States 102,400126,200 23.24,200 7,50014,080

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
33434 10.248.5 39.1
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation153
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation39
UI claimants previously working in occupation44
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 290
Number of job position postings 158
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 1.8

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

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

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

TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
Impact of Legal Marijuana in Communities
Impact of Legal Marijuana in the Workplace

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