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States with mental health schools

How will your mental health education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the mental health education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. There are 250 traditional mental health schools in the US.

Top Schools

The following schools that have mental health programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Johns Hopkins University - located in Baltimore, Maryland
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC
  3. University of Miami - located in Miami, Florida

Student Demographics

In 2010, 5,057 students earned degrees in mental health in the US. Of these students, 972 graduated from certificate programs in mental health, 1,318 graduated from undergraduate programs in mental health, and 2,767 graduated from graduate-level programs in mental health.


Students can pursue education in mental health at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Mental Health
  • Bachelor's Degree in Mental Health
  • Master's Degree in Mental Health
  • Doctoral Degree in Mental Health
  • Certificate in Mental Health

Mental health students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying mental health:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Diagnosis and Assessment
  • Ethics


Students at mental health schools around the nation paid an average of $19,328 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The mental health schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. Johns Hopkins University - located in Baltimore, Maryland, students paid $39,150
  3. University of Miami - located in Miami, Florida, students paid $36,188

The following mental health schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. North Carolina Central University - located in Durham, North Carolina, students paid $3,922
  2. University of North Florida - located in Jacksonville, Florida, students paid $4,193
  3. University of Florida - located in Gainesville, Florida, students paid $4,373

How will your mental health job compare?

A large number of mental health majors work as mental health counselors after graduation. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 110,300 mental health counselors were working in the US. The largest numbers of mental health counselors work in the following states:

  1. Pennsylvania - 15,740 Mental Health Counselors
  2. California - 8,450 Mental Health Counselors
  3. New York - 6,480 Mental Health Counselors

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of people working as a mental health counselor in the US will grow to 140,930. This would require a 21% growth in the profession. The projected growth for mental health counselors is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Georgia - 46%
  2. Utah - 43%
  3. Idaho - 33%


Mental health counselors in the US can make an average of $39,683 per year. However, the salary for a mental health counselor can greatly vary based on factors such as work conditions, professional associations and certifications or professional associations and certifications. A mental health counselor in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,980 per year to more than $116,520 per year. On average, a mental health counselor earns the most in the following states:

  1. Alaska - $55,540 per year
  2. Nevada - $52,890 per year
  3. Idaho - $52,290 per year

Mental health counselors in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Montana - $29,310 per year
  2. West Virginia - $30,500 per year
  3. Louisiana - $32,670 per year

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mental health?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 119,960 $41,880 -0.1%
Mental Health Counselors 110,300 $41,360 26.5%
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 77,940 $40,810 7.9%
Psychiatric Technicians 72,650 $31,520 17.1%
Psychiatric Aides 64,730 $26,710 15.3%