Psychology & Social Work
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Substance Abuse Counseling

If you want to develop the clinical skills to help people overcome personal hardship and specifically want to spend your career helping people heal from addiction and substance abuse disorders, a degree in Substance Abuse Counseling could be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Substance Abuse Counseling students typically pursue a bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). In this field, licensing requirements to practice as a Substance Abuse Counselor vary widely by state. Some states require only a high school diploma and certification while other states require a master's degree and clinical experience, making it important for you to research the requirements of the state you wish to work in before deciding on a particular program. Master's and doctorate degrees oftentimes lead to positions as a Psychologist, Social Worker, or Social and Community Services Manager.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in psychology and sociology coursework and experience in tutoring, counseling, and/or mentoring helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Substance Abuse Counseling Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Substance Abuse Counseling include:

  • Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors was $46,240 in 2019 (1) while Social Workers earned a median salary of $50,470. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.