• Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
  • Human Services
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 52,010
    $38,150 range bar $68,010
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Fast Growing
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers help individuals, groups, and families prevent and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Clinical social workers diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional problems.

What do they typically do

  • Counsel or aid family members to help them understand, cope with, and support the client or patient
  • Counsel individuals or groups who have issues like substance abuse, mental or physical illness, poverty, unemployment, or physical abuse
  • Educate clients or community members about mental or physical illness, abuse, medication, and available community resources
  • Collaborate with counselors, physicians, or nurses to plan or coordinate treatment
  • Modify treatment plans to reflect changes in the client's situation
  • Evaluate clients' mental or physical condition through interviews, record reviews, assessments, and consultation with other professionals
  • Refer client or family to community resources for housing or treatment, following through to make sure the services worked
  • Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress with respect to treatment goals

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.2%
Job Openings 201

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