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10 Best-Paying Jobs with a Bachelor's Degree

10 Best-Paying Jobs with a Bachelor's Degree

Georgia Price / AllHealthcare and Bureau of Labor Statistics

Substance Abuse Counselor

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors help people who have problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, and eating disorders. They counsel individuals who are addicted to drugs, helping them to identify behaviors and problems related to their addiction. Counseling can be done on an individual basis, but is frequently done in a group setting. These counselors will often also work with family members who are affected by the addictions of their loved ones. Counselors also conduct programs aimed at preventing addictions.

Median Salary: $35,580

Projected Need (2016): 45,000

Projected Growth: 27%

Job Outlook: Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow 34 percent, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. As society becomes more knowledgeable about addiction, it is increasingly common for people to seek treatment. Furthermore, drug offenders are increasingly being sent to treatment programs rather than jail.

Opportunities are very good in substance abuse and behavioral disorder counseling because relatively low wages and long hours make recruiting new entrants difficult.

More Resources:


Help Substance Abusers Beat Addiction
Confidentiality in Social Work
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Bonus: Visit the Therapy Health Careers Page

Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics


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