Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
4%
risk level
POLLING
22%
Based on 44 votes
LABOR DEMAND *
GROWTH
22.1%
by year 2032
WAGES
$53,710
or $25.82 per hour
Volume
397,880
as of 2023

Employment data isn't available specifically for this occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so we are using the data from Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors.

SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
8.2/10

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Automation risk

4% (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:

  • Persuasion

  • Negotiation

  • Originality

User poll

22% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 4% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?






Sentiment

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)

Growth

Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors' job openings is expected to rise 22.1% 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.

Wages

Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors' was $53,710, or $25 per hour

'Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors' were paid 11.8% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 397,880 people employed as 'Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors' within the United States.

This represents around 0.26% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 381 people are employed as 'Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors'.

Job description

Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

SOC Code: 21-1011.00

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Comments

Jess G. (No chance) says
You need deep meaningful connections to make a real impact and cause a real change in the attitudes and behaviors that brought them to seek treatment in the first place, I would know I have been to 8 treatment centers. There is a complete difference from a therapist that has walked down this path and one that has read it out of a book. You can't learn what it was like to live through active addiction you have either been through it or haven't and know the way out through your own experiences or you know what the book told you to say. You can't learn personal skills like that.
Mar 04, 2023 at 05:09 AM
C W (No chance) says
There are complex interpersonal and emotive skills required to be an effective counselor.
Aug 21, 2019 at 06:50 PM

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