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Whether you are helping someone overcome the unexpected loss of a loved one, or you are helping someone win a lifelong battle against mental illness, careers in mental health can make a huge impact on people's lives.
Learn more from alumni who have gone into this field below:
Prevention specialists work to educate at-risk youth about substance abuse and other high-risk activities. In this career, you may work in schools or in the community to encourage a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. You plan and implement programs to help young people in the target demographic become aware of substance abuse issues and teach them how to make alternative lifestyle choices. You may prepare and host activities in schools to discourage tobacco and drug use and to encourage healthy habits.
Typical salary: $35,000 - $60,000 a year
Psychometrists primarily create, score and evaluate neuropsychological, psychological, personality and academic tests given to patients. Psychometrists must work under the direct supervision of a clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist.
Typical salary: $25,000 - $57,000 a year
Counselors work with individuals and groups to promote mental and emotional wellbeing. Counselors can both evaluate and treat mental health problems using counseling and psychotherapy. Counselors can specialize in issues from family or marital problems to substance abuse.
Typical salary: $27,000 - 70,000 a year
A clinical psychologist diagnoses and treats patients with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
Typical salary: $39,000 - 100,000 a year
Job outlook: Expected to increase by 14% by 2026Requirements:
Psychiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating mental illness. Psychiatrists differ from psychologists in that they can prescribe medication to help treat their patients.
Typical salary: $71,000 - 250,000 a year