Massachusetts has only 2.3% of the country's population, according to 2008 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, yet the state ranks number two for the highest number of mental health counselors employed for every 1,000 residents. That ranking reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics demonstrates the state's commitment to impacting and changing lives, and gives those entering this field at a time of economic uncertainty a measure of promise currently not available in many other careers.
Many different career options are available for those working as counselors in Massachusetts. A growing number of organizations are adding counseling positions that focus on working with the large number of aging baby boomers, and many others continue to expand by adding prevention programs to their responsibilities. Stress management, issues of self-esteem and conflict management are all issues now addressed by those in the counseling field in addition to the traditional individual and family counseling programs. And the country's emphasis on better and more holistic health care will continue to add to the counselor's options for employment in Massachusetts.
Start preparing today for your career in counseling by contacting the counseling schools listed below. Enter the counseling profession, and begin your journey toward a rewarding, multifaceted, and expanding career.