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Career and Education Opportunities for Substance Abuse Specialists in Delaware

Delaware has a population of 885,122, which has grown by 12.96% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "First State," its capital is Dover, though its most populous city is Wilmington.

There are currently 290 working substance abuse specialists in Delaware; this should grow 31% to 390 working substance abuse specialists in the state by 2016. This is better than the national trend for substance abuse specialists, which sees this job pool growing by about 21.0% over the next eight years. Substance abuse specialists generally counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders.

Substance abuse specialists earn about $15 hourly or $32,620 per year on average in Delaware and about $17 per hour or $37,030 annually on average nationally. Incomes for substance abuse specialists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Counseling and Therapy in Delaware, and not quite as good as the overall Counseling and Therapy category nationally. Jobs in this field include: substance abuse counselor , clinical manager, and chemical dependency professional.

In 2008, there were a total of 553,149 jobs in Delaware. The average annual income was $40,375 in 2008, up from $39,932 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Delaware was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Roughly 25.0% of Delaware residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Delaware include nondurable goods merchant wholesalers, management of companies, and offices of other holding companies. Notable tourist destinations include the Business History & Technology Museum, the DCCA, and the New Castle County Public Libraries.

CITIES WITH Substance Abuse Specialist OPPORTUNITIES IN Delaware


JOB DESCRIPTION: Substance Abuse Specialist

Substance Abuse Specialist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, substance abuse specialists counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. They also may counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

Every day, substance abuse specialists are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Delaware 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.
  • Mental Health Counselor. Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health. May help individuals deal with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; suicide; stress management; problems with self-esteem; and issues associated with aging and mental and emotional health.
  • Social Services Assistant. Assist professionals from a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, to provide client services, as well as support for families. May assist clients in identifying available benefits and social and community services and help clients obtain them. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, or adult daycare.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Delaware

Delaware
Delaware photo by Tim Kiser

Delaware has a population of 885,122, which has grown by 12.96% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "First State," its capital is Dover, though its largest city is Wilmington. In 2008, there were a total of 553,149 jobs in Delaware. The average annual income was $40,375 in 2008, up from $39,932 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Delaware was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Approximately 25.0% of Delaware residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Delaware include nondurable goods merchant wholesalers, management of companies, and offices of other holding companies. Notable tourist attractions include the Arden Craft Shop Museum, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and the Historical Society of Delaware.