Medical careers dominate the list of fastest-growing careers through 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, many of these high-demand jobs require mathematical skills, which is not good news for those who are averse to crunching numbers. Fortunately, there are also medical careers that do not require math.
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors provide advice to people who are dealing with additions, disorders and destructive behaviors. Through treatment and support, they teach their patients how to develop positive coping mechanisms. These counselors may work in a variety of settings, such as mental health centers, prisons and juvenile detention centers, as well as detox centers and halfway houses. The BLS projects a 27 percent growth increase in substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor jobs, which is almost double the 14.3 percent national average growth rate for other jobs. The educational requirements range from a high school diploma to a master’s degree depending on state requirements, type of work, and degree of responsibility. The median annual salary for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is $38,120.
Health educators teach people how to make lifestyle changes that promote health and wellness. They may work in healthcare facilities, colleges, public health departments, nonprofits or private businesses. Health educators create programs and distribute literature on such subjects as the benefits of eating nutritious food and the health hazards of smoking and alcohol use. Demand for health educators is projected to grow by 37 percent through 2020, according to the BLS, which is more than double the growth rate of other professions. The median annual salary for this profession is $45,830, and the minimum educational requirement is a bachelor’s degree in health education or health promotion.
Marriage and Family Therapists
Marriage and family therapists help people understand the connection between their emotional problems -- such as low self-esteem or stress -- and their spousal or family relationships. Using therapy, they help clients discuss their feelings and work towards solutions to improve their interactions. The BLS predicts that this profession will grow by 37 percent through 2020, which is more than double the national average for other jobs. A master’s degree in marriage and family therapy is the educational requirement and the median annual salary is $39,710.
Rehabilitation counselors work with people who have physical or emotional disabilities with the goal of helping them live independently. They may work with veterans disabled in the war, elderly clients who have experienced a debilitating illness, or disabled students who need to develop strategies to transition from a school environment to an employment position. In addition to evaluating their client’s needs and devising a plan, they also locate resources, such as wheelchairs, that can help these individuals live a more independent life. Rehabilitation counselor jobs will grow by 28 percent, almost double the average growth of other jobs. To obtain a career in this profession, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling or a related field is required. The median annual salary for rehabilitation counselors is $32,350.
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