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What is the Job Market for an Addiction Therapist in Maryland?

In these troubling and difficult economic times, people in all fields and professions are rapidly getting laid off from their jobs. The good news, however, is that this is not the case in the addiction therapy field in Maryland. In fact, addiction therapists and other related professionals are in such high demand that hospital, rehabilitation centers, and other organizations and companies cannot hire them fast enough. These job opportunities, however, are not open to just anyone. In order to work as an addiction therapist in Maryland, you will need a solid educational background, real world experience in the field such as having completed an internship, and for some jobs, statewide certification and/or licensure. If you possess these things, however, or if you are willing to put in the work it takes to possess them, you can enjoy a lucrative and thriving career in this highly in demand field.

Just to give you an idea of just how many positions there are for qualified professionals in the state of Maryland, take a look at all of the job openings in the city of Baltimore online. Currently, there are open positions for registered nurses with special training in addiction and/or substance abuse, substance abuse counselors, psychiatrists, addictions counselor supervisors, licensed therapist, and general addiction counselors. These are just a few of the positions in only one city, so imagine your prospects if you are willing to move throughout the entire state. With the right training, finding a job is almost a guarantee.

If you take a look at the different jobs listed above, you will probably note that they all have varying degrees of responsibility involved. As such, different jobs will require different levels of training and/or experience. Those who wished to work as registered nurses specializing in addiction, for example, would likely need a bachelor's degree in nursing and special certification in addiction and substance abuse. General counselors would also need bachelor's degrees in a related field, such as psychology or sociology, preferably with a concentration in addiction and substance abuse. Psychiatrists are actual doctors and require advanced study in the form of a doctoral degree, while addiction counselor supervisors would need at least a master's degree in addition to their bachelors' degrees. Positions that call for licensed therapists would want their employees to be both educated in the field and officially licensed in the state, which involves completing supervised experiential learning hours and passing a statewide exam.

Obviously, with so many different careers in the field and so many different qualifications for each position, it is imperative that you know what you want to do before you even start school. The educational path you will need to take and whether or not you will need to pursue licensure and/or certification will depend almost exclusively on the exact job title you wish to have. As such, it is extremely important that you familiarize yourself with different careers and find the one that is right for you.

If you know you want to work in the addiction therapy field but are not sure what job is right for you, then do a little research. You can learn about different careers by reading online, of course, but you can also talk to working professionals who can give you "inside" knowledge into the career of your choice. Some might even offer you the opportunity to shadow them at work and see exactly what they deal with on a day to day basis. If you're willing to speak up and ask for help choosing the right career path, you will find it.