Career Outlook for Mental Health Counselors (LMHC)

Mental Health Counselors work in a wide range of settings. Among these are community mental health centers; hospitals and clinics; residential treatment centers; substance abuse treatment facilities; correctional centers; college and university counseling centers; employee assistance programs; managed behavioral health care organizations; government agencies; elder care facilities; and faith communities.

There are many employment opportunities in the Boston area and throughout the United States for qualified counselors. Once they have completed their post-master's work experience requirements and have passed the national licensing examination (known as the NCMHE), mental health counselors can also pursue independent practice. In Massachusetts, licensed mental health counselors are known as LMHCs.

Advantages of a Graduate School Education at William James College

Job Outlook: Percent (%) Change in Employment for 2019-2029 Bureau of Labor Statistics
Marriage and Family Therapist Up 22%
Mental Health Counselor Up 25%
Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselor Up 25%

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School Psychologist No. 19
Marriage and Family Therapist No. 2
Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselor No. 1
Mental Health Counselor No. 7

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