This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

0.48% probability

of automation

19.8% growth

projected to 2026

157,700 employed

currently in the US

$46,050 annual wage

US, median ($22.14 hourly)

What they do

Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging. Excludes “Social Workers" (21-1021 through 21-1029), "Psychiatrists" (29-1066), and "Psychologists" (19-3031 through 19-3039).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 0.48% likely to be automated. It ranks 25 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 157,700 people have this job. They earn $46,050 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $7,262,085,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $22.14.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 19.8% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 188,900 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).