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Utah Occupational Report for
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




2014-2024 Employment Projections for
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Area Name Current Employment Projected Employment Annual %Change Total Annual Openings Star Rating
111 143 2.9 10 1
274 390 4.2 20 4
128 211 6.5 10 4
Utah Statewide 844 1,201 4.2 50 3
United States 94,900 116,200 2.2 4,110

* 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 2016 (data from May 2015)  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
$8.13 $8.66 $16,910 $18,000 Moderate-term on-the-job training High school diploma or equivalent None
$10.90 $14.10 $22,660 $29,320 Moderate-term on-the-job training High school diploma or equivalent None
$13.07 $19.63 $27,190 $40,840 Moderate-term on-the-job training High school diploma or equivalent None
$16.86 $21.55 $35,070 $44,820 Moderate-term on-the-job training High school diploma or equivalent None
Utah Statewide $9.51 $17.45 $19,780 $36,300 Moderate-term on-the-job training High school diploma or equivalent None
United States -- $19.22 -- $39,980 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: 425


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Occupational Skills Information  for
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
# Importance* Skill Description
78
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.
78
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
78
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
75
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
75
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
72
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
69
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
69
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
69
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
69
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
*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
Clinical Therapist II - Youth Treatment 12/01/2016 Utah 26.31
Youth Tech/Line staff 11/21/2016 Duchesne 10 12
Adolescent Counselor - ARTEC 11/17/2016 Salt Lake
Intake Counselor (Therapist, RN, LPN) 11/17/2016 Salt Lake
Adolescent Medicine Provider / Rank Depe 10/25/2016 Salt Lake
Substance Use Disorder Counselor 10/20/2016 Utah 32000
Substance Use Disorder Counselor 10/20/2016 Salt Lake 32000
Youth Programs Counselor - Part-Time 09/22/2016 Washington 9.5
Adolescent Counselor- ARTEC 09/13/2016 Salt Lake 12.28
Addictions Technician 09/07/2016 Salt Lake
FT Substance Abuse Counselor - St. Georg 07/28/2016 Washington

Education and Training Providers
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

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