Skilled Trades & Vocational
Trauma and Disaster Relief

Disasters can wreak havoc on people's mental health just as much as their physical health, causing behavioral issues for victims, survivors, relief workers, and simple bystanders for years afterwards. If you want to spend your career helping those people work through, overcome, and heal from their traumatic experience, be it a natural disaster, manmade event, accident, abuse, or injury, a degree in Trauma and Disaster Relief may be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Trauma and Disaster Relief students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years) prior to entering the workforce. In this field, a bachelor's degree is typically required for entry-level counseling positions while master's and doctorate degrees can lead to clinical psychiatry, therapy, research, and academia positions.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in psychology and experience in counseling or therapy 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 Trauma and Disaster Relief Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Trauma and Disaster Relief include:

  • Trauma Relief Counselor/Therapist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • 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 mean salary for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors was $46,240 in 2019 (1) while Psychiatrists earned a mean salary of $220,430 in 2019. (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.


  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.