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Mental Health Counseling

116 Associates's Degrees Annually
35 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#122 in Popularity (Associate's)

Types of Degrees Mental Health Counseling Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many mental health counseling/counselor graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 116
Basic Certificate 58
Bachelor’s Degree 35
Undergraduate Certificate 32

What Mental Health Counseling Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to mental health counseling/counselor were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Mental Health Counseling/Counselor Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in mental health counseling/counselor should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills for Mental Health Counseling/Counselor Majors

A major in mental health counseling/counselor prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Mental Health Counseling/Counselor Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a mental health counseling/counselor student include the following:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling?

116 Associate's Degrees Annually
87% Percent Women
45% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 87% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of mental health counseling/counselor majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 13
Hispanic or Latino 28
White 54
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 12

Geographic Diversity

Mental Health Counseling/Counselor appeals to people across the globe. About 4.3% of those with this major are international students.

Some careers associated with mental health counseling/counselor require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to mental health counseling/counselor have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 34.8%
Master’s Degree 63.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.4%
Doctoral Degree 0.7%

Online Mental Health Counseling Programs

In 2018-2019, 237 schools offered a mental health counseling/counselor program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 4 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 6 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 12 0
Bachelor’s Degree 12 1
Post-Baccalaureate 4 0
Master’s Degree 212 28
Post-Master’s 31 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 11 2
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to mental health counseling/counselor.

Major Number of Grads
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 5,184
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 3,082
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 2,401
Other Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 2,081
Clinical/Medical Social Work 382
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 45
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling 5
Genetic Counseling/Counselor 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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