5 Mental Health Jobs And Careers

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Thinking about helping someone? Learn about the mental health jobs out there.

5 Of The Best Mental Health Jobs Out There

Thinking about a career in the mental health field? If you feel the need to help others, working in mental health can be difficult but rewarding. You need to have a certain set of skills; patience, kindness, problem-solving, and critical-thinking. Some careers require masters degrees while others can be obtained through certificates. Additionally, mental health careers have varying salaries regarding educational background. We've gathered up a list of mental health jobs that will better lay out your options.

Psychiatric Nurse

Registered Nurse defines phsyciatric nurse as:

"The psychiatric or behavioral health nurse specializes in caring for patients receiving treatment for a variety of mental illnesses, addiction, eating disorders or substance abuse. Patients with psychiatric disorders require a great deal of emotional support, education, and therapy from skilled mental health professionals. Working with patients and the interdisciplinary team, including case managers and social workers, to assess and provide a safe discharge environment is a large part of the day-to-day of a psychiatric nurse. This specialty is suited to the nurse who is patient and kind, but not afraid to lay down some boundaries when necessary."

According to Indeed: a psychiatric nurse can make up to $98,276 a year. Generally speaking they work with patients who have mental disorders and need assistance.

Psychiatric nurses who want to work in the mental health field must, "obtain a masters or doctoral degree can become advanced practice nurses in the specialty (Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialists or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners). After post-master's supervised clinical practice, they can become certified as specialists in adult, or child and adolescent psychiatric-mental health nursing."

Mental Health Counselor

A Mental Health Counselor will, "work with people from all walks of life, including couples struggling with marital issues, stressed-out college students and depressed working professionals. The job involves solving problems people face, and these professionals often apply real-life experiences when giving advice and form meaningful bonds with clients."

US News & World Report states that a Mental Health Counselor median salary is roughly, "$42,840" a year.

Mental Health positions range in the United States and overseas. Many International Schools will employ American mental health professionals if they choose to work abroad.

Clinical Social Worker

Clinical Social Workers have obtained a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) and need certain hours of supervised work experience over 104 weeks. Licensed social workers must also pass a written state exam.

The job is not easy, "clinical social workers diagnose patients' mental, behavioral, or emotional disorders and then provide treatment through individual and group therapy."

Although salary varies state by state, the median average salary for a clinical social worker is around $46,890 a year.Therapists counsel clients on a variety of stuff, from family dynamics to trauma and abuse.


If you want to become a therapist, you'll need schooling, lots of it. "Most therapists need a bachelor's degree (which takes four years to earn on average), some work experience or volunteering experience, and then a master's degree (which takes about two to three years on average to earn) or a doctoral degree (which takes about five to seven years on average to earn). Before one can become a licensed therapist they also need hours of supervised clinical work, but most master's programs include this experience."

There are many types of therapists, from marriage to occupational, many people need health in different ways. A family therapist might make $45,563 a year while a outpatient therapist could pull in $53,431.

Rehabilitation Counselor

A rehabilitation counselor "helps someone with emotional and/or physical disabilities to live as independently as possible. You may work with clients to help them to overcome or manage personal, social and professional issues that they may have due to their disability."

While some mental health jobs only deal with psychological needs, a rehabilitation counselor may help patients with physical disabilities as well. Some patients may be veterans or military members who need both physical and mental rehabilitation or assistance with [mental health disorders like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD.

A Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor can make an average salary of $51,461 and often times rehabilitation counselors work for the government thus including added benefits.