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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 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 86
Basic Certificate 63
Bachelor’s Degree 43
Undergraduate Certificate 10

What Mental Health Counseling Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to mental health counseling/counselor and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

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

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to mental health counseling/counselor:

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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

As a mental health counseling/counselor major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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?

86 Associate's Degrees Annually
78% Percent Women
53% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 78% of the recent graduates in this field are 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 2
Black or African American 14
Hispanic or Latino 23
White 37
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Mental Health Counseling/Counselor, too. About 2.3% of those with this major are international students.

Some degrees associated with mental health counseling/counselor may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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 2019-2020, 254 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 12 0
Bachelor’s Degree 15 4
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 225 30
Post-Master’s 32 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 13 2
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 4 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 5,728
Other Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 3,818
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 3,308
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 2,805
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 2,389
Clinical/Medical Social Work 2,060
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling 273
Genetic Counseling/Counselor 230

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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