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Mental Health Counselors

Also called: Clinician, Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Therapist

What they do:
Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment.
  • Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, helping them to develop insight into themselves or their relationships.
  • Collect information about clients through interviews, observation, or tests.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Health
  • therapy and counseling
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Netscape Navigator
Medical software
  • Client information database systems
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$42,840
$26,950
$70,100

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