As Rhode Island digs out from the nation's worse economic recession since the Great Depression, workers need to re-train for in-demand jobs, and students need effective counselors to help them identify education gaps, while instructing them on the skills needed for tomorrow's jobs. Vocational and school counselors are in demand to fulfill these goals while mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists are required to alleviate the stresses associated with a changing economy, and prepare people, emotionally, for personal and vocational challenges.
The Rhode Island Department of Labor projects a 9.1% increase in jobs from 2006 to 2016. Job growth in Rhode Island for counseling positions categorized as "Community and Social Services" is projected to remain strong. Projections rank counseling jobs in the 30 fastest growing U.S. occupations. The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 34% job growth rate for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counseling positions, ranked the tenth fastest growing occupation in the country. Also ranked among in the top 30 occupations are mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, both with 30% growth rates.
Demand for counselors is expected to remain strong, so get started on your counseling degree today by requesting information from the schools listed below.