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Mental Health Counseling

Mental illness in our country is a growing crisis. Staggering statistics demonstrate the need for more providers.*

  • 21% of adults experience mental illness — 55% do not receive treatment.

  • 1 in 10 children/teens experience depression that severely impacts their lives — 60% do not receive treatment.

  • 15% of adults have experienced a substance abuse disorder — 94% do not receive treatment. 

There is an urgent demand for help, but the ratio of individuals to U.S. mental health care providers is 350:1. The good news? You can make a difference. AIC’s master’s and doctorate programs in mental health counseling prepare you to step in and help those in need of mental health services.

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Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 22% growth in mental health counseling jobs through 2031, making it one of the fastest-growing professions in the U.S. There were 161,588 job postings in 2021, up 28% from 2018.

Salary Potential

The median annual wage for mental health counselors is $48,520 (BLS, May 2020), but many factors can affect how much you earn, such as where you live and in which sector you practice. The top 10% of practitioners may earn up to $77,980.

Work Environment

Mental health counselors can work in a variety of care environments. In 2021, the largest employers were:

  • Outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers 19%

  • Individual and family services 15%

  • Hospitals; state, local, and private 10%

  • Residential mental health and substance abuse centers 9%

  • Government 8%

Professional Associations 

The following professional associations may provide useful career resources and continuing education opportunities for mental health counselors.

*The State of Mental Health in America, 2021




Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner

It’s widely known that the medical field is facing a dire shortage of qualified nurses. What’s more, a growing shortage of primary care physicians, an aging baby boomer population, and many patients choosing to receive care from a nurse practitioner rather than a doctor has facilitated a need for more Family Nurse Practitioners to help fill the health care gap. So, if you’ve considered elevating your career for any reason—higher salary, more autonomy, better work-life balance—now is a great time as evidenced by the statistics below. 

Job Outlook 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioner is noted as the #2 best job in the U.S. and boasts a 46% growth rate through 2031. 

Salary Potential 

The median annual salary for nurse practitioners was $113,000 in 2021 (, but many factors can affect how much you earn, such as where you live and in which sector you practice. 

Work Environment 

While many Family Nurse Practitioners choose to work in private practice, they can work in a variety of settings, including: 

  • Physicians’ offices 
  • Clinics 
  • Schools 
  • Home health care 
  • Nursing care facilities 

Professional Associations 

The following professional associations may provide useful career resources and continuing education opportunities for family nurse practitioners: 

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 

American Nurses Association (ANA) 

International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) 

Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE)

Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) 



EdD Career Outlook 

AIC’s Online Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration is designed to produce leaders who can influence organizations and effect change. There is currently a strong degree demand with double-digit 5-year conferral growth. 

Salary Potential 

The salary potential of EdD graduates varies based on field, but each profession offers high-paying growth and professional development opportunities. Here are a few examples of the median salaries of potential career venues: 

  • Education Administrators (Kindergarten through secondary) - $101,320
  • Education Administrators (Postsecondary) - $99,940
  • Post Secondary Teachers - $80,840
  • Training and Development Managers - $120,000
  • Chief Executives - $189,520 

Source: Bureau of Labour Statistics 

Work Environment 

An EdD opens graduates up to a variety of potential career pathways, both in and outside of the classroom. Here are just a few sample job titles that graduates with an EdD could qualify for: 

  • High School Principal 
  • Superintendent 
  • Vice Principal 
  • Academic Dean 
  • Registrar 
  • Adjunct Professor 
  • Learning and Development Director 
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)  

EdD vs Ph.D. 

Wondering how an EdD differs from earning a Ph.D.? Learn how an EdD can help you take the next step in your career in less time and lower costs than a Ph.D.: 


  • Practitioner-based (still includes research but focused on improving practice) 
  • Prepares students to become a higher-level administrator 
  • Can be full-time programs, but typically designed as part-time 
  • Program is self-funded 
  • 60 credits 
  • Complete in 2-3 years  


  • Research intensive (theoretic focus)
  • Prepares a student to become faculty member
  • Typically need to be a student full-time
  • Typically receives funding
  • 90 credits
  • Complete in 3-4 years 

Professional Associations 

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