A career with impact: 8 Mental health jobs to consider [Infographic]
Nearly one in five Americans lives with some sort of mental health condition, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Data from JAMA also indicates that the “disease burden” of mental health – a summary of the impact of a health problem based on factors like financial cost, death rates and disability – has surpassed that of any other medical condition, including ailments like cancer and cardiovascular disease.
While the prevalence of mental health disorders in the U.S. is undeniable, we are simultaneously experiencing a shortage of mental health professionals nationwide. The country’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) conducted a report in 2016 that identified projected shortages in a range of professionals. The list included the following mental health jobs: psychiatrists; clinical, counseling and school psychologists; mental health and substance abuse counselors; school counselors; and marriage and family therapists.
In fact, the HRSA report revealed that we’ll see an overall shortage of approximately 250,000 workers in the behavioral health professions by 2025. If you’ve been searching for a career path that is in high demand and can inspire you – one that will give you the opportunity to spend your workdays making a real difference for the portion of our population who need it most – you might consider helping to fill the widening gap by becoming a mental health professional.
Examining 8 mental health jobs that support struggling populations
Before you start out on your journey to a fulfilling career, you’ll need to determine which direction you’ll want to head in, as there are a number of different mental health careers you could pursue. We created this infographic to help you determine which path to follow – take a look and see if you can find your purpose working in the field of behavioral health.
Make a difference in one of these mental health careers
When left untreated, the risks of mental health conditions can be sizable, putting impacted people at greater risk for life-altering circumstances resulting in homelessness, incarceration, suicidality, familial violence and/or becoming a danger to others. Once people struggling with their mental health get connected to the right network of behavioral health professionals, however, they can learn to cope more effectively with whatever conditions they’re faced with.
If you feel called to dedicate your career to restoring and preserving the mental health of your community, a career in behavioral health could be a great fit for you. Check out Brandman University’s robust program offerings to find the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree options that can help get you started on your journey toward making an impact.
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