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Career Opportunities

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology & Primary Care Program (MA) Program

Employment Opportunities for MA Counseling Psychology & Primary Care Graduates and LMHCs

Our graduates will be among the first group of professional counselors trained to specifically work effectively in primary care medical settings. We anticipate that our graduates will be quite competitive to land good jobs in this emerging area with their background in primary care and health psychology with a public health perspective. Our graduates will also be well trained generalists as mental health counselors

Mental Health Counselors work in a wide range of settings. Among these are community mental health centers; hospitals and clinics; residential treatment enters; substance abuse treatment facilities; college and university counseling centers; employee assistance programs; managed behavioral health care organizations; government agencies; elder care facilities; and faith communities. Once they have earned licensure, they can also pursue independent practice. There are many employment opportunities in the Boston area and throughout the United States for qualified master’s level clinicians. Once they have completed their post-master’s work experience requirements and have passed the national licensing examination (known as the NCMHE), mental health counselors can also pursue independent practice. In Massachusetts, licensed mental health counselors are known as LMHCs. 

Advantages of a Graduate School Education at MSPP

94% of graduates recieve a job within 6 months of graduation

Job Outlook: Percent (%) Change in Employment for 2010-2020 BLS
Marriage and Family Therapist Up 41%
Mental Health Counselor Up 36%
Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Up 22%

 

US News & World Report Best Social Service Jobs Best Jobs US News
School Psychologist No. 1 No. 14
Marriage and Family Therapist No. 6 No. 33
Mental Health Counselor No. 18 No. 67

 

Median Salaries* Data from 2009 APA Salary Survey and US News & World Report

APA
US News
Clinical Psychologist $87,015
School Psychologist $67,880
Mental Health Counselor $47,000
Marriage and Family Therapist $46,240
* Licensed mental health professionals have the opportunity for additional income through private practice.

 

The MSPP Difference: Percent (%) of Graduates to obtain a job within 6 months of graduation

MSPP
MA, Counseling Psychology 100%
MA/CAGS, School Psychology 100%
MA, Forensic and Counseling Psychology 100%
MA, Organizational Psychology 88%
PsyD, Clinical Psychology 87%

Updated 3/25/13

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