As the U.S. economy recovers from a historic recession, some of the fastest growing jobs will focus on the correlation between mental and physical health, and Tennessee is poised to take full advantage of this occupational trend. Because mental health counselors remain crucial to the link between mind and body, career options for counseling positions are considered outstanding through the year 2014, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
For example, healthcare is Nashville's largest industry, home to more than 250 healthcare companies. In 2006, it was estimated that the healthcare industry contributed $18.3 billion per year and 94,000 jobs to the Nashville-area economy, according to an article by Todd Pack of The Tennessean. Many of today's counseling positions are found within hospitals, outpatient clinics, and doctors' offices. And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that mental health counselors along with substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, and marriage and family therapists, are in the top 30 fastest-growing occupations, nationally, for the years 2006-2016.
Counseling careers promise many opportunities for the next several years, especially those career options that directly relate to health prevention programs and practices. To get started in this field, request information from the schools listed below.