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.

Mental Health Counselors held about 120,010 jobs in 2014

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Job Outlook: Percent (%) Change in Employment for 2014-2024 Bureau of Labor Statistics
Marriage and Family Therapist Up 19%
Mental Health Counselor Up 19%
Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselor Up 22%
Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Up 19%

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School Psychologist No. 2
Marriage and Family Therapist No. 4
Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselor No. 10
Mental Health Counselor No. 8

Median Salaries*

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Clinical Psychologist $94,590
School Psychologist $70,580
Mental Health Counselor $41,880
* Licensed mental health professionals have the opportunity for additional income through private practice.

Additional Resources about Counseling Careers and Employment Opportunities

For more information about getting a job in counseling, please visit the American Counseling Association Career Center page.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Data on Employment and Wages for Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists.

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