As an occupational category, counseling jobs grouped under "Community and Social Service Specialties" by the Kansas Department of Labor (DOL) are expected to grow 42.2% in Kansas between the years 2004 and 2014, the fourth fastest growing occupational group within the state, according to the Kansas DOL. And many of the counseling specialties individually listed within this group also project high annual growth rates during those years.
For example, during those ten years, the DOL projects substance abuse and behavioral disorder counseling positions to increase by 26.6%, and mental health counseling positions by 25.5%. Economists attribute the high growth rates to an increasing awareness of the effects of addiction to alcohol and drugs on careers, relationships, families, and society. In addition, the correlation between emotional and behavioral disorders and physical health is now well recognized, and more services and programs, developed and staffed by counselors, are available for mental health prevention and intervention.
Counseling positions in Kansas are growing faster than the national average for all occupations, and the high growth rates signal an exceptional time to enter the field. If you picture yourself as a counselor, impacting and changing lives, request information from the schools listed below.