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Career and Education Opportunities for Substance Abuse Specialists in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has a population of 1,053,209, which has grown by 0.47% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Ocean State," Rhode Island's capital and biggest city is Providence.

There are currently 450 working substance abuse specialists in Rhode Island; this should grow by 32% to about 600 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. In general, substance abuse specialists counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders.

Substance abuse specialists earn approximately $18 per hour or $38,030 annually on average in Rhode Island. Nationally they average about $17 hourly or $37,030 annually. Substance abuse specialists earn less than people working in the category of Counseling and Therapy generally in Rhode Island and less than people in the Counseling and Therapy category nationally. People working as substance abuse specialists can fill a number of jobs, such as: licensed professional counselor , clinical counselor, and certified alcohol and drug counselor.

In 2008, there were a total of 612,258 jobs in Rhode Island. The average annual income was $41,261 in 2008, up from $40,147 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 11.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 25.6% of Rhode Island residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Rhode Island include miscellaneous manufacturing, other miscellaneous manufacturing, and electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation Inc, the RI Holocaust Museum, and the Providence Childrens's Museum.

CITIES WITH Substance Abuse Specialist OPPORTUNITIES IN Rhode Island


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 Rhode Island 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Rhode Island

Rhode Island
Rhode Island photo by Whitney

Rhode Island has a population of 1,053,209, which has grown by 0.47% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Ocean State," Rhode Island's capital and biggest city is Providence. In 2008, there were a total of 612,258 jobs in Rhode Island. The average annual income was $41,261 in 2008, up from $40,147 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 11.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 25.6% of Rhode Island residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Rhode Island include miscellaneous manufacturing, other miscellaneous manufacturing, and electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Rhode Island Historical Society, the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation Inc, and the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum.