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Mental health counseling profession: high stress, low pay?

The profession of "mental health counselor" has the dubious distinction of being No. 4 of the 15 professions described in a June CNN Money article about jobs that are highly stressful relative to the level of pay.

Reporter Les Christie quotes AMHCA Director-at-Large LaMarr Edgerson, PsyD, as saying that even though clinical mental health counseling is relatively low-paying, "it's an amazing feeling when someone looks you in the eye and says, 'You saved my life.'"

The article cites the median pay for the profession as $32,599, and notes that the low pay is "despite years of education and training: about two-thirds of mental health counselors have master's degrees or higher." in addition, 84.4 percent of mental health counselors say their job is stressful, according to Christie.

Among the other stressful, poorly paying jobs on the CNN Money list are restaurant kitchen manager, home healthcare coordinator, and emergency services dispatcher. Read about all 15 jobs at < jobs/4.html>.


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Title Annotation:Noteworthy
Author:McCarthy, Kathleen
Publication:The Advocate (American Mental Health Counselors Association)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2014
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