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Drug Counselor Salary in Virginia - VA

Substance abuse counselors provide counseling to substance abuse clients in both individual and group client sessions, are often called upon to monitor client day-to-day activities, supervise and monitor client caseloads and treatment schedules, develop treatment plans and behavior modification techniques. Employers look for candidates who can demonstrate knowledge of counseling theories 12-core functions of treatment and possess skill in interpersonal relations, crisis intervention, cultural diversity, and implementing strategies. Typically, requirements include at a minimum a bachelor’s degree and candidates must possess certification by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Counseling.

According to statistical data from the job search engine indeed.com, the annual average salary for a drug counselor in Virginia is currently $56,000.  Average salaries for other cities throughout Virginia are Arlington at $61,000 yearly, Richmond at $49,000 yearly,   Virginia Beach at $43,000 yearly, Norfolk at $43,000 yearly, Chesapeake at $43,000 yearly,   Alexandria at $61,000 yearly, Portsmouth at $43,000 yearly and Hampton at $42,000 yearly. Facilities employing drug counselors include private and public treatment facilities and hospitals throughout Virginia, such as the University of Virginia Medical Center, Saint Mary's Hospital, Lynchburg General Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital. Some jobs are part time, with evening hours and some flexibility with schedules.

According to the United States Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA is one of the top five metropolitan areas in the United States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation.

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