Career Opportunities

Addiction counselors and social workers provide significant input into the recovery/rehabilitation of clients. They are a vital part of a team assisting clients in assessing, coping and developing action plans toward their recovery.

Professionals may also be employed in the prevention aspect of this field, such as school systems. Typical employers in the prevention, recovery and/or rehabilitation areas of this field include:

  • Mental health clinics
  • Community agencies
  • Treatment and rehabilitation programs
  • Halfway houses
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Government healthcare agencies
  • Crisis centers
  • MICA programs (mentally-ill, chemically addicted)

Counselors and social workers are among the fastest growing employment positions in the U.S. A bachelor's degree is required for many positions, a master's degree for others.

Associate's level graduates may qualify for aides in various programs. A Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) certification, granted by the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), may enhance employability.

OASAS has reviewed the alcoholism/drug abuse courses offered in this AS Program in Alcohol/Substance Abuse Studies at Genesee Community College and found them consistent with established standards for alcohol/substance abuse counselor education and training.

Visit our Career Services Center for more information!