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10. Substance Abuse Counselor

Substance abuse counselors work with individuals who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, gambling, or eating disorders. They help people understand their addictions and the problems related to substance abuse. Counseling can be done one-on-one or in groups. Substance abuse counselors also see family members of those who are affected by additions. This is a demanding and stressful job that involves intense emotions and years of recovery.

Substance abuse counselors require an advanced degree, such as a Master of Substance Abuse Counseling, Master of Family Therapy or Doctorate in Psychology. Individuals interested in this job should have a background in counseling and psychology, as well as clinical experience. In order to practice, substance abuse counselors must be licensed in their state of practice, which involves a master’s degree and roughly 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience.

Employment is expected to grow by 23% by 2016. The number of people who need counseling is expected to grow as well, meaning more counselors will be needed in places like rehabilitation centers and hospitals. Opportunities will be best in rural and urban areas.

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