Most professionals working as counselors call their career a calling, but for those entering the job market in Utah, this calling has become a promising opportunity in an otherwise challenging economic environment. Utah projects a 2.8% annual job growth rate for all occupations for the years 2006 to 2016, according to Utah's Department of Workforce Services. However, Utah's job category that includes all counseling professions projects an annual growth rate of 4.1% for the same time period.
Jobs in the fast-growing category "Counselors, Social Workers and other Community and Social Service Specialists" include mental health counselors, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, and marriage and family therapists. All three of these counseling positions are considered in the top 30 fastest-growing careers nationally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rehabilitation, educational, vocational and school counselors are also included in Utah's expanding social services jobs category. Policymakers and states like Utah consider counselors key agents in the battle to bring down overall healthcare costs by stressing the holistic, mind and body approach to physical health.
If you enjoy working with people, and find personal satisfaction in helping individuals and families work through emotional issues and relationship problems, get started on your counseling degree. Begin by requesting information from the schools listed below.