Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers


Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Hospitals
  2. Health And Allied Services, Nec
  3. Offices & Clinics Of Medical Doctors

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 2,090 16.34 11.21 18.91 33,990 23,330 39,320
Columbia MSA 140 17.15 11.76 19.85 35,680 24,460 41,290
St Joseph MSA 20 16.74 14.64 17.79 34,820 30,460 37,000
St Louis MSA 630 16.12 11.29 18.53 33,530 23,470 38,550
Kansas City* 440 15.77 11.67 17.81 32,791 24,275 37,049
Central Region* 280 14.16 8.56 16.96 29,458 17,806 35,283
Northeast Region* 30 11.58 8.53 13.11 24,088 17,734 27,266
Northwest Region* 30 15.03 11.79 16.65 31,260 24,524 34,628
South Central Region* 50 18.99 9.81 23.58 39,499 20,409 49,044
Southeast Region* 150 16.63 11.11 19.40 34,596 23,105 40,342
St. Louis City* 230 15.54 11.97 17.33 32,327 24,908 36,036
St. Louis County* 170 20.99 12.39 25.29 43,662 25,768 52,609
West Central Region* 30 16.86 11.14 19.72 35,064 23,167 41,012

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 1,930 2,490 560 29.02 78 Great
Kansas City MSA 1,000 1,210 210 21.00 32 Good
St Louis MSA 660 790 130 19.70 21 Good
Northeast Region* 70 80 10 14.29 3 Good
Northwest Region* 90 110 20 22.22 1 Good
Ozark Region* 120 160 40 33.33 5 Good
South Central Region* 40 50 10 25.00 2 Caution
Southeast Region* 100 120 20 20.00 4 Good
Southwest Region* 50 60 10 20.00 2 Good
West Central Region* 80 90 10 12.50 2 Good

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This profession generally requires Master's degree in one of the following
Clinical/Medical Social Work