Career Outlook for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

Also known as:  Community Mental Health Social Worker, Drug Abuse Social Worker, Psychiatric Social Worker, Psychotherapist Social Worker
The overall job outlook for Mental Health or Substance Abuse Social Worker careers has been positive since 2004. Vacancies for this career have increased by 10.11 percent nationwide in that time, with an average growth of 1.69 percent per year. Demand for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers is expected to go up, with an expected 44,130 new jobs filled by 2018. This represents an annual increase of 4.60 percent over the next few years.
TOP STATES
There are currently more Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers in the following states
New York 10,880
California 10,650
Pennsylvania 9,380
Ohio 5,790
Florida 5,040
Michigan 5,010
Massachusetts 4,990
BOTTOM STATES
The states below have the least number of filled positions for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Montana 280
Wyoming 280
South Dakota 300
Puerto Rico 300
North Dakota 340
New Hampshire 380
Nevada 410
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