Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Graduates: Graduates of the CMHC Master’s Degree Program work in a variety of clinical mental health counseling settings. Examples of such settings include community mental health centers, interdisciplinary mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatric units, alcohol and drug treatment facilities, university counseling centers, correctional facilities, and private practice. The placement rate of our graduates is very high and is indicative of the strong reputation of the CMHC Graduate Program.

According to the most recent O*Net OnLine (formerly the Dictionary of Occupational Titles) Summary Report for 21-1014.00 – Mental Health Counselors (available at, graduates of the CMHC Master’s Degree Program are expected to meet the following national “Wages and Employment Trends:”

  • Median Wages (2013): $19.51 hourly, $40,580 annual
  • U.S. Employment Positions (2012): 128,000 employees
  • Projected Growth of the Field (2012-2022): Much faster than average (22% or higher)
  • Projected Job Openings (2012-2022): 64,000
  • Rating: “Bright Outlook.” These occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.
    • Fastest growing professional occupations in the U.S. 2010: Mental Health Counselors ranked 30th overall (highest of the independent, non-medical graduate-level mental health professions).