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Utah Occupational Report for
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Occupational Code:  21-1011


Report Contents
Occupation Description Star Rating
Employment Projections Occupation Wages
License Information Related Occupations
Skills Industries and Employers
Schools and Training Providers Current Job Openings


Occupational Description for
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs. Excludes "Social Workers" (21-1021 through 21-1029), "Psychologists" (19-3031 through 19-3039), and "Mental Health Counselors" (21-1014) providing these services.



Statewide Star Rating for
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

This is a four star occupation
An occupation with a four star rating has a good employment outlook and relatively high wages.
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2012-2022 Employment Projections for
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

This occupation is expected to experience much faster than average employment growth with a moderate volume of annual job openings. Business expansion, as opposed to the need for replacements, will provide the majority of job openings in the coming decade. Job prospects should be good for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, particularly for those with specialized training or education. Employers often have difficulty recruiting workers with the proper educational requirements and experience in working with addiction. In addition, many workers leave the field after a few years and need to be replaced. As result, those interested in entering this field should find favorable prospects. Compared to all occupations, wages for this occupation are average.


Area Name Current Employment Projected Employment Annual %Change Total Annual Openings Star Rating
90 120 3.7 10 4
70 100 3.5 -- 3
180 260 4.2 10 4
Utah Statewide 420 580 3.8 20 4
United States 89,600 117,700 3.1 4,720

* Due to rounding and because projections are made separately for each area and the state, figures for all areas will probably not add up to the state total. In addition, star ratings are applied differently to each area.




Occupational Wages-Published April 2014 (data from May 2013)  for
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors


This is the wage of the absolute middle worker in the occupation. In other words, if there were 100 workers in the occupation and we ranked the wages from low to high, the median would be the wage of the 50th worker. Thus, one-half of the workers earned wages below the median and one-half of the workers earned wages above the median.

The wage for new workers entering the occupation. Because they lack experience and/or skilled training, new workers are not offered, or paid, the"average wage" for an occupation. The estimated "Inexperienced wage" is an indicator of what the new, inexperienced worker might expect from the employer. It reflects the average of the wage estimates of the bottom third of the wages of the workers in the scope of the survey for the occupation.

This is the wage of the absolute middle worker in the occupation. In other words, if there were 100 workers in the occupation and we ranked the wages from low to high, the median would be the wage of the 50th worker. Thus, one-half of the workers earned wages below the median and one-half of the workers earned wages above the median.

Training describes the education/experience requirements most commonly used by workers to obtain the occupational skills necessary to function in any given occupation. Usually, the higher the skill level required by an occupation the higher the level of education experience necessary.

Area Name Hourly Inexperienced Hourly Median Annual Inexperienced Annual Median On the job Training Education Experience
$16.50 $21.19 $34,317 $44,060 Moderate-term on-the-job training High school diploma or equivalent None
$16.55 $21.59 $34,419 $44,910 Moderate-term on-the-job training High school diploma or equivalent None
$19.28 $22.89 $40,104 $47,611 Moderate-term on-the-job training High school diploma or equivalent None
$18.77 $22.44 $39,042 $46,681 Moderate-term on-the-job training High school diploma or equivalent None
United States -- $18.79 -- $39,072 Moderate-term on-the-job training High school diploma or equivalent None
Utah Statewide $18.31 $22.46 $38,081 $46,711 Moderate-term on-the-job training High school diploma or equivalent None

* Indicates that Hourly wage rates for occupations where workers typically work fewer than 2,080 hours per year are not available.
** This wage is equal to or greater than $70.00 per hour or $145,600 per year.



Utah License Information for
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors


License Title: SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR
License Description: A substance abuse counselor counsels and advises individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders.
License Authority: Department of Commerce
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
1st Floor Lobby
160 East 300 South
UT 84111
Telephone: (801) 530-6628
Number of Licenses Issued: 480


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Industries and Employers
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Occupational Skills Information  for
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
# Importance* Skill Description
81
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.
81
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
75
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
75
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
72
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
72
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
69
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
69
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
63
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
63
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
*Importance is on a scale of 1 - 100.
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Current Job Openings for
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Job Title Date Posted Location Minimum Salary Maximum Salary
Substance Abuse Counselor-St. George 09/27/2014 Washington
Addiction Counselor (Full Time) 09/03/2014 Davis
Primary Therapist 09/10/2014 Davis
Therapist - Behavioral Health - Part Tim 10/02/2014 Salt Lake
Counselor I/II TL 11/17/2014 Salt Lake
Youth Counselor 10/27/2014 Salt Lake 10 13
LCSW/CMHC/MFT - Youth Substance Abuse 11/05/2014 Weber 17.38 20.58
JJS Counselor I/II 11/18/2014 Salt Lake
Part Time Youth Counselor 10/15/2014 Salt Lake

Education and Training Providers
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

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