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Occupational Report for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors (21-1011) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs. Excludes "Social Workers" (21-1021 through 21-1029), "Psychologists" (19-3031 through 19-3039), and "Mental Health Counselors" (21-1014) providing these services.

Employment Outlook for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist largely due to the significant number of job openings projected for this occupation.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors There are 19 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 19 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Counselor II 8/10/14 Portland
Recovery Mentor - Job #1635 8/9/14 Hillsboro $12.00/hr to $14.00/hr DOE
CD Professional 2 8/7/14 Beaverton $20,000/yr
Youth Addiction Counselor 8/7/14 Prineville
Substance Abuse Counselor - Portland 8/7/14 Portland
Drug Court Counselor III (InAct) 7/25/14 Portland $17.02/hr to $20.86/hr DOE
Detox Tech 7/25/14 Klamath Falls DOE
Detox LPN 7/25/14 Klamath Falls DOE
Detox Coordinator 7/25/14 Klamath Falls DOE
Residential Counselor - Substance Abuse 7/23/14 Eugene $14.00/hr
Adolescent Counselor In Residential Treatment Center 7/18/14 Corvallis DOE
CD Professional 2 7/7/14 Beaverton $20,000/yr
Detox Technician Part-Time 7/3/14 Pendleton $9.50/hr to $12.12/hr DOE
Addictions Counselor 7/2/14 Klamath Falls $10.00/hr to $12.50/hr DOE
Chemical Dependency Counselor, On Call - Job #1532 6/13/14 Gresham $12.65/hr to $14.00/hr DOE
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor I 5/23/14 La Grande DOE
Drug & Alcohol Counselor In Residential Treatment Center 5/19/14 Pendleton $2,000/mo to $2,553/mo DOE
Alcohol and Drug Counselors 4/30/14 The Dalles $3,134/mo to $3,810/mo
Support Counselor 3/5/14 Grand Ronde $37,440/yr to $45,939/yr DOE
Job Openings from the Web for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 16 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 16 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Counselor II 8/8/14 Portland Volunteers of America Oregon
Behavioral Youth Counselor 8/8/14 Portland Youth Villages
Chemical Dependency Counselor 8/7/14 Klamath Falls LUTHERAN COMMUNITY SERVICES-LOCAL
Substance Abuse Counselor - Portland 8/6/14 Portland Colonial Management Group LP
Substance Abuse Counselor - Portland 8/6/14 Portland Colonial Management Group LP
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor 8/3/14 McMinnville YAMHILL COUNTY
CD Professional 2 7/31/14 Beaverton Hazelden
CD Professional 1 7/30/14 Beaverton Hazelden
Behavioral Health Associate 7/27/14 McMinnville YAMHILL COUNTY
Alcohol & Drug Specialist 7/9/14 Salem Volunteers of America Oregon
CD Professional 2 7/6/14 Beaverton Hazelden
Addictions Counselor 7/2/14 Klamath Falls
Alcohol&Drug Outrach Wrkr 6/22/14 Beaverton Volunteers of America Oregon
Chemical Dependency Counselor On Call - Job #1532 6/16/14 Gresham
Alcohol & Drug Specialist 6/11/14 Hillsboro Volunteers of America Oregon
Drug Treatment Associate 1 - Adult Alcohol & Drug Treatment 5/24/14 Salem Marion County
State of Oregon License Information for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $12.94 $15.55 $19.95 $27.12 $36.48 $22.19 $46,152
Multnomah / Washington 14.49 17.14 23.79 34.32 42.49 25.66 53,359
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 15.60 18.96 22.73 26.67 29.62 22.89 47,592
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 12.26 16.29 23.97 28.75 33.30 22.65 47,123
Jackson / Josephine 12.54 14.54 17.25 23.24 27.16 18.56 38,615
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 17.85 22.09 24.33 27.38 29.64 25.04 52,080
Morrow / Umatilla 19.48 20.75 22.64 24.31 28.64 22.92 47,666
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 1,527 1,862 335 21.9% 34 32 66
Multnomah / Washington 653 791 138 21.1% 14 14 28
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 211 241 30 14.2% 3 4 7
Lane 175 219 44 25.1% 4 4 8
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 89 110 21 23.6% 2 2 4
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 78 88 10 12.8% 1 2 3
Jackson / Josephine 69 85 16 23.2% 2 2 4
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 43 53 10 23.3% 1 1 2
Baker / Union / Wallowa 33 37 4 12.1% 0 1 1
Douglas 30 35 5 16.7% 0 1 1
Morrow / Umatilla 28 29 1 3.6% 0 1 1
Grant / Harney / Malheur 26 30 4 15.4% 0 1 1
Clackamas 22 25 3 13.6% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 20 24 4 20.0% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 19 22 3 15.8% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 7 8 1 14.3% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 1,527
Total All Industries Private 1,325
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 1,322
Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 528
Offices of Other Health Practitioners Private 174
Outpatient Care Centers Private 349
Hospitals Private 224
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 141
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals Private 83
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities Private 258
Residential Intellectual & Developmental Disability, Mental Health, & Substance Abuse Facilities Private 249
Social Assistance Private 312
Individual and Family Services Private 309
Total All Industries State 90
Health Care and Social Assistance State 33
Hospitals State 33
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals State 33
State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals State 54
Total All Industries Local 85
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 69
Educational Requirements for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with a Master's degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  • Access Social Service Resource Providers
  • Apply Active Listening Techniques
  • Apply Confidentiality Procedures
  • Apply Counseling Techniques
  • Apply Cultural And Religious Awareness
  • Apply Current Social Research
  • Apply Intervention Techniques
  • Apply Knowledge Of The Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders (Dsm-Md)
  • Apply Psychological Assessment Tools
  • Apply Psychological Treatment Techniques
  • Apply Psychology Theory
  • Chart Clients' Personal Data
  • Collect Client Data
  • Communicate Details Concisely And Consistently
  • Communicate With Children And Adults
  • Compile Data Related To Social Work Or Entitlement Programs
  • Determine Program Eligibility
  • Develop And Deliver Substance Abuse Assistance Programs Including Assessment, Intervention, Education Workshops, And Seminars
  • Develop Treatment Plans For Clients With Addictive Disorders
  • Diagnose Or Assess Clients' Mental Health Problems
  • Empathize With Other While Providing Counseling Or Related Services
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Interpret And Apply Knowledge Of Relevant Laws
  • Interpret Psychological Test Results
  • Maintain And Compile Medical Records And Charts
  • Manage Detailed Case Records In A Social Work Setting
  • Observe Patients, Report Patients' Condition And Responses To Treatment
  • Obtain And Maintain Legal Forms
  • Obtain Information From Clients, Customers, Patients Or Others
  • Plan And Implement Follow-Up And Aftercare Programs For Clients Discharged From Treatment Programs
  • Prepare Reports In Timely Manner
  • Provide Emotional Support To Social Services Clients
  • Recognize Physical And Emotional Abuse
  • Recognize Symptoms Of Drug And Alcohol Abuse
  • Refer Clients And Patients To Community Services
  • Relate To Clients' Socioeconomic Conditions
  • Resolve Conflicts
  • Use Behavior Modification Techniques
  • Use Computers To Enter, Access And Retrieve Data
  • Use Correct Grammar, Punctuation And Spelling
  • Use Interviewing Techniques
  • Use Principles Of Group Dynamics
  • Work As A Team Member
  • Work With Persons With Mental Disabilities And Illnesses
Schools and Training Providers for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Tillamook Bay Community College
4301 Third St.
Tillamook, OR 97141
Phone: (503) 842-8222
Programs of Training:
Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527-9291
Phone: (541) 956-7501
Programs of Training:
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420-2193
Phone: (541) 888-2525
Programs of Training:
Lewis & Clark College
0615 S W Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, OR 97219-7899
Phone: (503) 768-7000
Programs of Training:
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 383-7500
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Central Oregon Community College
Clackamas Community College
Klamath Community College
Rogue Community College
Tillamook Bay Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Mental Health And Substance Abuse Social Workers 58%
Counselors, All Other 56%
Marriage And Family Therapists 54%
Mental Health Counselors 53%
Healthcare Social Workers 52%
Child, Family, And School Social Workers 49%
Social Workers, All Other 49%
Community And Social Service Specialists, All Other 48%
Social And Human Service Assistants 48%
Probation Officers And Correctional Treatment Specialists 48%