Career Outlook

A Growing Field

During the 2016 legislative session, the Commissioner of Human Services was directed to reform the treatment continuum for individuals experiencing addiction disorders. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Human Resources decreed 2017 to be the year of addiction treatment transformation.

This will result in a greater need for trained professionals who are up to date on the latest counseling techniques and research. “Currently, there is a shortage of addictions practitioners in the state of Minnesota,” says Debra Wamsley, Director of Graduate Studies. “Our degree effectively prepares future clinicians to successfully practice in this rapidly changing landscape.”

Furthermore, she continues, the Commissioner’s proposal will promote greater access to assessment, treatment, and recovery, and a more robust set of prevention and recovery services.

The facts:

  • According to the US Department of Labor and Statistics, substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling are two of the fastest-growing professions.
  • Both areas are projected to grow much faster than average for all occupations over the next decade.
  • Insurance companies are increasingly providing reimbursement for counselors as a less costly alternative to psychiatrists and psychologists.