California, already the most populous state, is growing in size and diversity, requiring an influx of new students in the mental health professions, according to a 2009 report by the Center for Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco. The report states that a variety of counselors will be needed, in mental health, substance abuse, school counseling, rehabilitation, and marriage and family counseling, in order to serve a population expected to grow by 12 million over the next 25 years.
"The Mental Health Workforce in California: Trends in Employment, Education, and Diversity" cites a 35.4% increase in job growth for substance abuse and behavioral disorders between the years of 2006 and 2016 - the fastest growth rate of all mental health professionals. Marriage and family therapists are expected to increase by 21.9% during the same period, while researchers expect the growth rate for mental health counselors to increase by 20.5%.
If you want to help people, and have a desire to work as a counselor in a number of specialties that promise job growth and increased opportunities, request information from the schools listed below.