All over Rhode Island, students find themselves in need of effective counselors to help them identify education gaps and learn the skills needed for tomorrow's jobs. Vocational and school counselors seek to fill these goals, while mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists struggle to alleviate the stresses associated with a changing economy. In general, counselors of different stripes are working to prepare people for the emotional, personal and vocational challenges that await them.
The Rhode Island Department of Labor projects a 9.1% increase in jobs from 2006 to 2016. Job growth in Rhode Island for counseling positions categorized as "Community and Social Services" is projected to remain strong. Projections rank counseling jobs in the 30 fastest growing U.S. occupations. The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 34% job growth rate for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counseling positions, ranked the tenth fastest growing occupation in the country. Also ranked among in the top 30 occupations are mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, both with 30% growth rates.
Job growth for counselors is expected to remain strong, so consider starting on your counseling degree by requesting information from any of the schools listed below.