Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

7.8/10 job score
AUTOMATION RISK
3%
risk level
POLLING
GROWTH
14.9%
by 2030
WAGES
$48,720
or $23.42 hourly
VOLUME
116,780
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 3% (Totally Safe)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Social Perceptiveness
Originality
Persuasion
Negotiation
Key
very important
quite important
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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers' job openings is expected to rise 14.9% by 2030
'Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers' was $48,720, or $23.42 hourly
'Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers' are paid 16.1% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as mental health and substance abuse social workers?

As of 2020 there were 116,780 people employed as Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers within the United States.
This represents around 0.08% 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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Comments

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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