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Career and Education Opportunities for Substance Abuse Specialists in Nevada

Nevada has a population of 2,643,085, which has grown by 32.27% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Silver State," its capital is Carson City, though its most populous city is Las Vegas.

About 320 people are currently employed as substance abuse specialists in Nevada. By 2016, this is expected to grow 39% to about 450 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for substance abuse specialists are expected to grow by about 21.0%. Substance abuse specialists generally counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders.

Income for substance abuse specialists is about $18 per hour or $38,240 yearly on average in Nevada. Nationally, their income is about $17 per hour or $37,030 per year. Incomes for substance abuse specialists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Counseling and Therapy in Nevada, and not quite as good as the overall Counseling and Therapy category nationally. Jobs in this field include: direct care counselor, certified drug counselor, and clinical manager.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,638,004 jobs in Nevada. The average annual income was $40,936 in 2008, up from $40,930 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Nevada was 11.8% in 2009, which has grown by 5.1% since the previous year. Roughly 18.2% of Nevada residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Nevada include accommodation services, accommodation, and traveler accommodation. Notable tourist attractions include the Sin Gentlemen's Club, the Nevada State Museum & Historical Society, and the Las Vegas Art Museum.

CITIES WITH Substance Abuse Specialist OPPORTUNITIES IN Nevada


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 Nevada 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.
  • 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.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Nevada

Nevada
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Nevada has a population of 2,643,085, which has grown by 32.27% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Silver State," its capital is Carson City, though its largest city is Las Vegas. In 2008, there were a total of 1,638,004 jobs in Nevada. The average annual income was $40,936 in 2008, up from $40,930 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Nevada was 11.8% in 2009, which has grown by 5.1% since the previous year. About 18.2% of Nevada residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Nevada include accommodation services, accommodation, and traveler accommodation. Notable tourist attractions include the Sin Gentlemen's Club, the Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, and the Lied Discovery Children's Museum.