North Dakota categorizes mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists in the job segment "Health Care and Social Assistance in North Dakota," projecting a 13.7% growth rate for jobs in this category between the years 2006 and 2016. This growth rate is significantly higher than the 8.5% growth rate for all the state's industries, according to the state's Job Service website, nd.gov.
Further evidence showing North Dakota's support for counselors is apparent in the mean annual wage employers pay mental health counselors: $60,017, rising to $73,688 for experienced counselors, according to the government's website. And, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Dakota is in the top five states for the having the highest concentration of marriage and family therapists. This type of support for counselors stems from employers' beliefs in prevention programs, which studies have shown reduce overall health care costs. Counselors have the skills to develop prevention programs, demonstrating the correlation between wise decision-making and healthy behaviors.
You can start your journey of earning a degree in counseling simply by requesting program information from any of the schools listed below.