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Career and Education Opportunities for Mental Health Counselors in Arkansas

Arkansas has a population of 2,889,450, which has grown by 8.08% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Natural State," Arkansas's capital and most populous city is Little Rock.

About 280 people are currently employed as mental health counselors in Arkansas. By 2016, this is expected to grow 27% to about 360 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for mental health counselors are expected to grow by about 24.0%. Mental health counselors generally counsel with emphasis on prevention.

Income for mental health counselors is about $19 hourly or $41,160 per year on average in Arkansas. Nationally, their income is about $17 hourly or $36,810 annually. Compared with people working in the overall category of Counseling and Therapy, people working as mental health counselors in Arkansas earn more. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Counseling and Therapy nationally. Jobs in this field include: clinical social worker, human service coordinator, and college mental health counselor.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,599,446 jobs in Arkansas. The average annual income was $32,257 in 2008, up from $31,517 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Arkansas was 7.3% in 2009, which has grown by 2.1% since the previous year. About 16.7% of Arkansas residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Arkansas include poultry processing, hardware, and plumbing equipment merchant wholesalers, and ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Hendershott Museum Consultants Inc, the Museum of Discovery, and the EMOBA.

CITIES WITH Mental Health Counselor OPPORTUNITIES IN Arkansas


JOB DESCRIPTION: Mental Health Counselor

Mental Health Counselor video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, mental health counselors counsel with emphasis on prevention. They also work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health.

Every day, mental health counselors are expected to be able to piece together evidence to, in some sense, diagnose what is going on in a situation. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Arkansas include:

  • Career Advisor. Counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.
  • Child and Family Services Worker. Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist single parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers on how to deal with problem children.
  • Health Education Specialist. Promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments. May also serve as a resource to assist individuals, other professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.
  • Marriage and Family Therapist. Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of professional services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.
  • Rehabilitation Counselor. Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.
  • Substance Abuse Specialist. Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Arkansas

Arkansas
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Arkansas has a population of 2,889,450, which has grown by 8.08% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Natural State," Arkansas's capital and biggest city is Little Rock. In 2008, there were a total of 1,599,446 jobs in Arkansas. The average annual income was $32,257 in 2008, up from $31,517 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Arkansas was 7.3% in 2009, which has grown by 2.1% since the previous year. Approximately 16.7% of Arkansas residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Arkansas include poultry processing, hardware, and plumbing equipment merchant wholesalers, and ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Museum of Discovery, the Macarthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, and the Quapaw Quarter Association.