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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

Job Information

Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.


  • Employment is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.
  • About 54 percent of jobs were in healthcare and social assistance industries, and 31 percent work for government.
  • While a bachelor's degree is necessary for entry-level positions, a master's degree in social work or a related field is necessary for some positions.
  • Job prospects are expected to be favorable, particularly for social workers who specialize in the aging population or work in rural areas.


Personality I like helping others
Salary $39,230/yr ($19.62/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Masters