Sample 1 - State of California

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Mental Health Counselors
(SOC Code : 21-1014)
in California

Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health. May help individuals deal with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; suicide; stress management; problems with self-esteem; and issues associated with aging and mental and emotional health. Exclude "Social Workers" (21-1021 through 21-1029), "Psychiatrists" (29-1066), and "Psychologists" (19-3031 through 19-3039).

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Master's degree .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20141st Qtr$22.84$15.78$19.88$27.54

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2010 - 20209,20011,1001,90020.7390

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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), LicenseDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Board of Behavioral Sciences
Licensing
www.bbs.ca.gov
Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCI), RegistrationDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Board of Behavioral Sciences
Licensing
www.bbs.ca.gov

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Residential Mental Health Facilities 1323.2%
Individual and Family Services 22,27315.9%
Outpatient Care Centers 7,54710.9%
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 47,2633.7%
Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Hospitals 1,3362.6%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,6751.7%
Other Residential Care Facilities 8651.5%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling.
Clinical/Medical Social Work
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients` treatment.
Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, helping them to develop insight into themselves or their relationships.
Collect information about clients through interviews, observation, or tests.
Assess patients for risk of suicide attempts.
Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports.
Fill out and maintain client-related paperwork, including federal- and state-mandated forms, client diagnostic records, and progress notes.
Guide clients in the development of skills or strategies for dealing with their problems.
Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.
Perform crisis interventions with clients.
Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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