Minnesota's fastest growing counseling occupation, mental health counseling, is projected for the years 2006 to 2016 to grow even faster than the national growth rate, listed as one of the 30 fastest growing careers across the country. Mental health counseling jobs in Minnesota are projected to grow by 33.3%, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The national growth rate for this in-demand career, as calculated by the U.S Bureaus of Labor Statistics, is projected at 30%.
The BLS states that almost all employment growth between 2006 and 2016 will occur in the service-providing sector, accounting for 75% of all jobs. Professional and service-related occupations - which include counseling careers - account nationally for 28 of the 30 fastest-growing jobs. Growth rates for many of Minnesota's counseling occupations reflect this national trend. According to DEED, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counseling positions are projected to grow by 32.7%, rehabilitation counseling positions by 22.3% and educational, vocational and school counseling positions by 15%.
Minnesota's high growth rate for counseling positions make this an exceptional time to enter the field. If you can picture yourself as a counselor, request information from the schools listed below to learn more.