Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

risk level
Based on 87 votes
by year 2032
or $24.63 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

0.0% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Social Perceptiveness

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Persuasion

  • Negotiation

User poll

9.8% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a minimal chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 0.0% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers' job openings is expected to rise 11.1% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers' was $51,240, or $24 per hour

'Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers' were paid 10.6% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 107,940 people employed as 'Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.07% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers'.

Job description

Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.

SOC Code: 21-1023.00


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Ronald (No chance) says
The likely hood is low based on what is likely to be capable with technology in the next 20 years---also it is likely that people will prefer interacting with a real person to discuss clinical issues, impressions and treatment.
Aug 21, 2023 at 01:39 PM
Kyle Smyth (No chance) says
Behavioural health interventions require the kind of human interaction that automation simply isn't able to reproduce. How can you teach an AI to feel empathy?
Mar 12, 2021 at 09:22 PM
Ruth Naomi (No chance) says
In order for you for you to provide support you have to be intentional. A robot has not mutuality with a peer in need of support. Nor will it be ever to give a shared experience to have mutuality with it's peer.
Jul 15, 2019 at 09:35 PM

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