This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

0.31% probability

of automation

17.9% growth

projected to 2026

123,900 employed

currently in the US

$47,880 annual wage

US, median ($23.02 hourly)

What they do

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.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 0.31% likely to be automated. It ranks 4 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 123,900 people have this job. They earn $47,880 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $5,932,332,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $23.02.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 17.9% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 146,100 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).