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Mental Health Schools

As a professor or instructor of mental health classes at one of the 249 accredited mental health schools in the country, you play a critical role in shaping the future of this growing field. The trends in the mental health academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes mental health training at the following levels:

  • Mental Health Certificate
  • Associates degree in Mental Health
  • Bachelors degree in Mental Health
  • Masters degree in Mental Health
  • PhD degree in Mental Health


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Mental health professionals

398,530 410,490 428,690 445,870 445,580
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 445,580 mental health professionals working in the US in 2010. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has grown by 12%.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. Until 2018 this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Mental health professionals

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Nationally, the median yearly salary earned by mental health professionals was $33,706 in 2010. This is 47% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Mental Health

$31,102 $32,672 $33,372 $33,540 $33,706
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for mental health professionals have grown by 8%.

Educational Trends

National Mental Health Student enrollment growth by degree

1,138 1,211 1,120 1,209 1,244
104 118 115 102 74
7 5 2 10 5
477 593 832 1,308 2,762
777 638 724 813 972
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Mental Health
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Mental Health
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Mental Health
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Mental Health
  • Grey: Certificate in Mental Health

The career outlook for mental health professionals is showing a rapid change. And, on the educational front, the story is similar. In the year 2006 there were 2,503 students who graduated from mental health degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 5,057 students graduating from mental health schools.

Thus, in 4 years, there was a 102% growth in the number of mental health graduates. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from mental health courses is greater than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Mental Health Programs offered Nationwide


As student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering mental health programs has decreased. In 2006 there were 162 mental health schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 249 schools.

Mental Health Faculty Salaries

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