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Career and Education Opportunities for Mental Health Counselors in Mississippi

Mississippi has a population of 2,951,996, which has grown by 3.77% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Magnolia State," Mississippi's capital and largest city is Jackson.

Currently, 570 people work as mental health counselors in Mississippi. This is expected to grow 13% to 640 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for mental health counselors are expected to grow by about 24.0%. In general, mental health counselors counsel with emphasis on prevention.

Mental health counselors earn about $18 per hour or $37,680 annually on average in Mississippi and about $17 per hour or $36,810 annually on average nationally. Mental health counselors earn more than people working in the category of Counseling and Therapy generally in Mississippi and less than people in the Counseling and Therapy category nationally. Jobs in this field include: treatment coordinator, child care counselor, and direct care counselor.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,558,262 jobs in Mississippi. The average annual income was $30,383 in 2008, up from $29,542 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Mississippi was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 16.9% of Mississippi residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Mississippi include furniture product manufacturing, household furniture cabinet manufacturing, and household furniture manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and the Oaks Museum House.

CITIES WITH Mental Health Counselor OPPORTUNITIES IN Mississippi


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 Mississippi 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.
  • 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.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Mississippi

Mississippi
Mississippi photo by Nathan Culpepper

Mississippi has a population of 2,951,996, which has grown by 3.77% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Magnolia State," Mississippi's capital and biggest city is Jackson. In 2008, there were a total of 1,558,262 jobs in Mississippi. The average annual income was $30,383 in 2008, up from $29,542 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Mississippi was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 16.9% of Mississippi residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Mississippi include furniture product manufacturing, household furniture cabinet manufacturing, and household furniture manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Audubon Society Jackson Chapter, the Manship House Museum, and the Glory of Baroque Dresden Exhibition.