Three counseling specialties in South Carolina are projected to grow faster than the state's rate for all occupations from 2006 to 2016, according to South Carolina's Workforce website, sconestop.org. The state projects a .8% annual growth rate for all jobs, while it projects substance abuse and behavioral disorder counseling jobs to increase by 1.2%, mental health counseling jobs to increase by 1.1%, and educational, vocational, and school counselors by 1.2%.
These growth rates reflect a trend that places counseling jobs among the top 30 fastest growing occupations in the country. Economists attribute the growing recognition of prevention and intervention programs for substance abuse and mental health disorders as driving this higher than expected demand for counseling specialists. Employers also recognize the impact of alcohol and drug abuse, and emotional disorders such as depression, on productivity, and many health insurance plans now reimburse for many treatments administered by counselors.
Demand for counseling jobs is slated to remain strong for several years, creating jobs and advancement opportunities for these professionals. Requesting information from the schools listed below will get you started in this high-demand and personally rewarding career.