Career Details

Mental Health Counselor (University)


Career Overview

Mental health counselors diagnose and treat mental illnesses; they help clients to find productive ways to deal with difficult situations they are experiencing.


A master’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or a related field is required to obtain this position. A doctorate may make a person more competitive during the job search. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after earning a four-year bachelor's degree. Earning a doctorate may require an additional two-three years of college work.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$27,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$75,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Mental health counselors typically work in counseling centers, government agencies, residential facilities, and hospitals.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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