As the country digs itself out of the worst recession since the Great Depression, Wisconsin projects healthy job growth in a number of careers, including those in counseling occupations. According to the Wisconsin government's website WORKnet, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, and family and marriage counselors are in the top 25 high-growth occupations for the years 2006 to 2016. Job growth for substance abuse counselors will experience a 30.3% increase, placing it in Wisconsin's top 15 fastest growing occupations while family and marriage counselors will likely experience a 25% growth rate.
Additionally, mental health counseling positions in Wisconsin are projected to grow by 23.6% during that same time period, reflecting a positive outlook for Wisconsin counselors in this specialty. And, depending on the county, salaries for those in mental health counseling are highly competitive. For example, mean salaries of mental health counselors in Kenosha and Lake Counties, a metropolitan area that includes parts of Illinois and Wisconsin, are at $69,110, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, making this area the highest paying metropolitan district in the country.
If you would like to work in one of counseling's high-growth occupations, and make a difference in others' lives, learn how you begin pursuing a counseling degree. Get started today by requesting information from the schools listed below.