Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as addiction and mental health counseling services are increasingly covered by insurance policies.

Demand for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors may also increase as states seek treatment and counseling services for drug offenders rather than jail time.

Program graduates work in outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers, in nursing and residential care facilities, individual and family services, state and local government, hospitals (state, local, and private).

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