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Mental & Behavioral Health Career Pathways

This tool allows you to explore career options for specific degrees or career education pathways at-a-glance.

  • Click on a degree to see career options
  • Click on a career to see its education pathway
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Education Level
Certificate, Degree or Credential
Career
6+ Years College
  • Choose One :
  • LCSW
  • LCSW
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP)
  • Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP)
  • LMFT
  • LMFT
  • LPCC
  • LPCC
  • Medical School
  • Medical School
  • Ph.D.,Psy.D., Ed.D. Doctorate Degree
  • Ph.D.,Psy.D., Ed.D. Doctorate Degree
  • Psychiatrist (Medical Doctor)
  • Psychiatrist (Medical Doctor)
  • Art Therapist
  • Art Therapist
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
    • Must Register with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as Associate Cliincal Social Worker (ASW), Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT), Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC)
    • Must complete 3000 hours of supervised experience
    • Must pass the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences Law & Ethics Exam & Clinical Exam
  • Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP)
  • Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP)
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
    • Must complete 3 years of supervised experience
    • Must pass the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences Licensed Educational Pychologist exam
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
    • Must complete 3 years of supervised experience
    • Must pass the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences Licensed Educational Pychologist exam
    • Must pass the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences Law & Ethics Exam & Clinical Exam
  • Mental Health Clinician (LPCC)
  • Mental Health Clinician (LPCC)
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
    • Must Register with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC)
    • Must Complete 3000 hours of supervised experience
    • Must Pass the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences Law & Ethics Exam & Clinical Exam
  • Mental Health Clinician/Therapist (LCSW)
  • Mental Health Clinician/Therapist (LCSW)
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
    • Must register with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as Associate Clincal Social Worker (ASW)
    • Must complete 3000 hours of supervised experience
    • Must pass the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences Law & Ethics Exam & Clinical Exam
  • Mental Health Clinician/Therapist (LMFT)
  • Mental Health Clinician/Therapist (LMFT)
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
    • Must Register with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT)
    • Must Complete 3000 hours of supervised experience
    • Must Pass the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences Law & Ethics Exam & Clinical Exam
  • Psychiatrist (Medical Doctor)
  • Psychiatrist (Medical Doctor)
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
    • Must complete a Residency in Psychiatry
    • Must have a Medical Doctor License & Certification
  • Psychologist
  • Psychologist
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
    • Must complete 3000 hrs. Supervised Experience
    • Must pass the California Board of Psychology Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology & California Psychology Law and Ethics Exam
6 Years College
  • Choose One :
  • Master of Clinical Counseling
  • Master of Clinical Counseling
  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Counseling
  • Master of Counseling
  • Master of Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Master of Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work
  • MS Educational Psychologist
  • MS Educational Psychologist
  • Adult/Child Social Worker
  • Adult/Child Social Worker
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC)
  • Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC)
  • Behavioral Analyst
  • Behavioral Analyst
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • County Supervisor (APS/CPS)
  • County Supervisor (APS/CPS)
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Hospital/Hospice Social Worker
  • Hospital/Hospice Social Worker
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Mental Health Clinician/Therapist (AMFT)
  • Mental Health Clinician/Therapist (AMFT)
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Program Director/Manager/Administrator
  • Program Director/Manager/Administrator
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • School Psychologist
  • School Psychologist
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • School Social Worker with PPSC
  • School Social Worker with PPSC
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
    • Must obtain a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC, post MSW degree)
4 Years College
  • Choose One :
  • BA Music Therapy
  • BA Music Therapy
  • BA Psychology
  • BA Psychology
  • BA Social Work
  • BA Social Work
  • BA Sociology
  • BA Sociology
  • Pre-Med
  • Pre-Med
  • Assistant Behavioral Analyst
  • Assistant Behavioral Analyst
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Behavioral Health Specialist
  • Behavioral Health Specialist
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Care Coordinator
  • Care Coordinator
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Case Manager
  • Case Manager
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Child Welfare Worker
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Therapist
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Outreach Specialist
  • Outreach Specialist
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Worker
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Worker
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
2 Years College
  • Choose One :
  • AA Human Services
  • AA Human Services
  • AA Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • AA Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • AA-T Psychology
  • AA-T Psychology
  • AA-T Social Work & Human Services
  • AA-T Social Work & Human Services
  • AA-T Sociology
  • AA-T Sociology
  • AS Addiction Studies
  • AS Addiction Studies
  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Eligibility Worker
  • Eligibility Worker
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Housing Coordinator
  • Housing Coordinator
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Outreach Specialist
  • Outreach Specialist
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Social Service Assistant
  • Social Service Assistant
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
1 Year College
  • Choose One :
  • Alcohol & Drug Studies
  • Alcohol & Drug Studies
  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Health Worker
  • Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Peer Support Specialist
  • Peer Support Specialist
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Registered Behavior/Autism Technician
  • Registered Behavior/Autism Technician
  • Social Work & Human Services
  • Social Work & Human Services
  • Advocate (Peer, Family, Housing)
  • Advocate (Peer, Family, Housing)
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Case Manager
  • Case Manager
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Health Worker
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Parent Partner
  • Parent Partner
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Peer Support Specialist
  • Peer Support Specialist
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Psychiatric Technician
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Registered Behaviour/Autism Technician
  • Registered Behaviour/Autism Technician
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Social Services Worker
  • Social Services Worker
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
High School
  • Choose One :
  • Exploring Health Careers, Mind Matters, or other related High School Course
  • Exploring Health Careers, Mind Matters, or other related High School Course
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Office Support Staff
  • Office Support Staff
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Social Services Volunteer
  • Social Services Volunteer
    • Median Salary: $xxx,xxx
  • Student Worker
  • Student Worker