Button showing picture of several people from different careers.
Button - Photo of several college students sitting at a table.
Button - Photo of High School Students taking a test.
Button - Photo of Business People Talking.
Button - Photo of woman thinking.
Button - Photo of Business People sitting around table talking.
Button - Image of Building Architect looking at Building Plans.
Button - Image of man and woman talking.
Button - Image of people shaking hands.
Button - Photo of two men and two women talking while seated at a table.

Mental Health Counselors are considered Social careers according to the Strong Interest Inventory® Assessment. This Inventory contains hundreds of careers and sorts them into six categories depending on a number of professional and workplace preferences of the people who tend to be successful in them. After taking a brief assessment, job-seekers are then directed to the career code categories for which they have shown the strongest proclivities. For instance, individuals who hold Social careers enjoy having influence over others’ lives, especially in supporting them in times of need or vulnerability. They enjoy discussing feelings, and are often comfortable speaking in large group settings.

Mental Health Counselors work closely with individuals in one-on-one or group settings to help them achieve optimal mental and emotional health. This may include targeted counseling about issues related to addictions and substance abuse, stress, aging, family and marital problems or a wide range of other challenges individuals face in their lives. To this end, counselors encourage clients to express their feelings about current and past events with the goal of making them critically aware of new developments or their current situation. The first step towards this goal is typically to conduct diagnostic interviews, observations or tests. Then, a treatment plan is developed and implemented based on counselors’ knowledge and clinical experience, and based on clients’ ongoing progress, improvement, and response to treatment interventions. Documentation is key to these undertakings. Counselors must maintain all federal and state-mandated paperwork, as well as progress notes and diagnostic records which may be used by themselves as well as other professionals. They are also legally obligated to maintain client confidentiality, except in cases when court mandates may require the divulging of certain information or if a patient demonstrates an intent to harm themselves or others.

Mental Health Counselor

Learn all about a career as a Mental Health Counselor including career stats such as Median Salary, Daily Tasks, Required Education, Employment Growth and More!

Counselors may also provide other kinds of support to their clients, for instance by planning or leading structured social or recreation activities, counseling and supporting family members who may also be affected by clients’ situations. They may also refer clients to other resources, including other specialists or community resources who may be able to provide them additional support. Those who are in leadership or executive positions may also supervise other counselors or assistants. Those who are in professorial roles may also have graduate students to manage. All of these responsibilities fall under the role of Mental Health Counselor.

Many kinds of tools and technologies are used by Mental Health Counselors, including computers, printers and scanners. E-mail software, Microsoft Office Suite, and basic medical and client database software may also be used to track patient outcomes, schedule appointments, and fulfill similar responsibilities. In addition to familiarity with these tools, the majority of Mental Health Counselors hold a Master’s degree (62%), with a good percentage holding a Bachelor’s degree instead (34%). All counselors, regardless of education level, benefit from a solid academic and practitioner foundation in psychology, therapy, and counseling, as well as well-developed skills in verbal comprehension and expression as well as critical thinking. A professional level of fluency in English as well as in any other languages that may be spoken by their clients is necessary to provide the high level of care and service that their clients require and deserve.

A Mental Health Counselor’s salary varies based on geographic location as well as amount of experience. The average Mental Health Counselor’s salary is $41,880, with Alaska averaging above $60,000 and Montana averaging almost half of that, at just $33,270 per year. There is significant variation within each state, where the highest Mental Health Counselor’s salary is in California, for instance, earning over $81,000 per year, while the lowest incomes for Mental Health Counselors in the same state are under $27,000 annually. Growth rates vary nationwide, with growth occurring in Utah and Colorado (over 35% growth projected before 2024). However, the most jobs are being added in New York, Texas, and Florida, each of which is projected to add over 1,000 new jobs before 2024.

Below are some employment trends for Mental Health Counselors:

  • Median Mental Health Counselor’s Salary: $20.13 hourly; $41,880 annually
  • Employment: 135,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2014-2024): much faster than average (14% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2014-2024): $54,500
[Information retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections]

 

Visit Our Strong Interest Inventory® Resource Page

Visit Our Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Career Resource Database for Information on MBTI® Personality Type Careers

To Learn More About the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, visit our About MBTI Test Page

 

Gain access to your best-fit careers, occupational preferences and interests with these career based Strong Interest Inventory® Assessments:

  • Strong Interest Inventory® & MBTI® Combined Career Report + Strong College Edition Profile

    $84.95 Add to cart

    Choose a college major that works best with your interests, and then plan a rewarding career to follow your college career.

    You’ll start college off right with knowledge on applying your interests and preferences to college majors and receive a detailed depiction of how your ideal career will mature if you work toward success. With the Strong Interest Inventory® & MBTI® Combined Career Report and the Strong College Edition Profile, you’ll set yourself up for success throughout college and into your career after graduation.

    Download sample Strong Interest Inventory® & MBTI® Combined Career Report + Strong College Profile

  • Strong Interest Inventory® & MBTI® Combined Career Report + Strong College Edition Profile

    $84.95 Add to cart

    Choose a college major that works best with your interests, and then plan a rewarding career to follow your college career.

    You’ll start college off right with knowledge on applying your interests and preferences to college majors and receive a detailed depiction of how your ideal career will mature if you work toward success. With the Strong Interest Inventory® & MBTI® Combined Career Report and the Strong College Edition Profile, you’ll set yourself up for success throughout college and into your career after graduation.

    Download sample Strong Interest Inventory® & MBTI® Combined Career Report + Strong College Profile

  • Strong Interest Inventory® Interpretive Report

    $62.50 Add to cart

    Delve deeper into what your interests, hobbies, favorite topics, and locations can mean for your career and personal life with the help of this extensive and personalized Strong profile.

    Your Strong Interest Inventory® Interpretive Report starts with the same foundational information found in the Strong Interest Inventory Profile, but goes even further into analyzing your likes and dislikes by offering you a detailed look at how following your interests and preferences can help you lead a more fulfilling, satisfied life. The report presents you with the closest matched occupations for people with your interests, an in-depth breakdown of certain areas matched to your Strong Interest Inventory test results, and insight into your likes and dislikes.

    Download sample Strong Interest Inventory® Interpretive Report

  • Strong Interest Inventory® Profile

    $52.50 Add to cart

    Mold your future success by choosing a career that accurately reflects your interests, preferences,  favorite topics as well as your likes and dislikes with the help of this profile.

    Direct your future based on what you like and enjoy, providing you with a happier, more fulfilling life and career. The Strong Interest Inventory® Profile uses an extensive analysis of your interests and preferences to guide you towards a career that best suits who you are on a personal level. Depending on your likes and dislikes compared to others in specified fields, you may find a fulfilling career previously unthought-of, helping guide you down the road to success and happiness.

    Download sample Strong Interest Inventory® Profile

  • Strong Interest Inventory® & Skills Confidence Profile + Strong Interpretive Report

    $72.50 Add to cart

    Discover your interests and preferences as well as your confidence in your abilities to use these interests to your advantage.

    Your strengths, interests, and preferences, when understood and well known, can lead you toward a successful and satisfying career. With this custom package, you’ll learn which occupations, strengths, and skills work best with your likes and dislikes and how confident you are in your ability to fulfill the needs of certain occupations, allowing you to formulate a career path that you’ll enjoy for years to come with the help of the Strong Interest Inventory test.

    Download sample Strong Interest Inventory® & Skills Confidence Profile + Strong Interpretive Report

  • Strong_iStartSTRONG

    iStartStrong™ Report

    $39.95 Add to cart

    Plan your future career based on your interests and preferences, leading you down the path to a successful work and personal life.

    Use your interests, preferences, and favorite subjects and leisure activities to assess which career or career field works best with who you are and what you like. Through the web-interactive and thorough iStartStrong™ report, you’ll get set off on the right foot toward finding a career that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

    Download Sample iStartStrong™ Report

 

Explore our Strong Interest Inventory® Blog Pages:

 

Assessment Categories

 

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org