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What Can You Do With A Major In Mental Health Counseling? 


Counselors help students with personal, family, educational, mental health, and career decisions and problems. They provide classroom guidance and organize programs to meet the students' developmental and special needs. Their responsibilities may vary based on the need of the individual, and on the type of organization they work for. They work with a wide variety of people, either on an individual basis or as a small group. There are a variety of settings that counselors may work at including schools and colleges, hospitals, correctional institutions, private practices, health care facilities, social agencies, and rehabilitation centers. 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Brooks College of Health


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Mental Health Counseling Career Titles 

  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Clinical Counselor
  • Mental Health Therapist  
  • Psychotherapist
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Clinical Director

Typical Work Settings:

The CMHC curriculum is focused on preparing counseling professionals for employment in various settings including

  • Community mental health centers
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Outpatient mental health clinics
  • Rehabilitation agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Treatment centers
  • Correctional institutions
  • Crisis centers
  • College counseling centers
  • Private practice


Match This Major To Careers

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Beginning Salary Ranges

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for Mental Health Counselors it $46,050. 

Salary Resources

Links To Professional Associations

Professional associations are great sources to put on your resume.

American Counseling Association

Florida Counseling Association

American Mental Health Counselors Association

Florida Mental Health Counselors Association 

NortheastFlorida Mental Health Counselors Association (NEFMHCA)


Job Search Information

Counseling Jobs Abroad

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Link To UNF Academic Program

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Presidential Envoys, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Clubs)
  • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year to gain experience in this field
  • Obtain teaching experience working with target age group by doing volunteer or part-time work
  • Consider taking a public speaking course to develop your presentation skills
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to meet with employer representatives and to explore options