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Fast Facts for Mental Health Counselors in California

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Hanford, Vallejo and Fresno
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Oxnard, Santa Ana and Bakersfield
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: San Diego, Oakland and Sacramento

Salaries for Mental Health Counselors in California

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Bakersfield, Hanford and Fresno

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Programs
  • Online Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)
  • Online Master of Arts in Counseling - Professional School Counseling (PSC)
  • Ranked #4 among the 2015 Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as 2015 Military Friendly School by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Student to faculty ratio of 12:1, with an average class size of 21.
  • 85% of faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree in their field.
  • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Programs
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2012 by Victory Media.
  • Offers credit for prior learning and experience through assessment tests.
  • Provides a short term Leadership Certification program in partnership with EQUIP®.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Programs
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization
  • Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
  • Psy.D. Applied Clinical Psychology
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities ( beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities. 
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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Los Angeles
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Programs
  • MA in Psychology, Career Management and Counseling Specialization
  • MA in Psychology, General Psychology
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
  • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
  • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
Programs
  • Counseling Psychology (EdD)
  • Psychology (BA)
  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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More California Mental Health Counseling Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Santa Maria
Associate
13,176
Sacramento
Associate
33,821
Scotts Valley
Masters
537
Oroville
Associate
12,228
Los Angeles
Masters
368
San Francisco
Associate
46,411
San Mateo
Associate
10,516
Palm Desert
Associate
8,597
Eureka
Associate
6,025
Weed
Associate
2,782
San Luis Obispo
Associate
10,920
Cypress
Associate
13,592
Pleasant Hill
Associate
19,768
Monterey Park
Associate
28,889
Fresno
Associate
21,624
Glendale
Associate
16,827
Salinas
Associate
9,890
Imperial
Associate
8,682
South Lake Tahoe
Associate
2,576
Susanville
Associate
1,829
Loma Linda
Doctorate & First Professional
4,022
Long Beach
Associate
25,536
Los Angeles
Associate
17,204
Woodland Hills
Associate
19,526
Los Angeles
Associate
6,095
Ukiah
Associate
4,347
Merced
Associate
10,890
Oakland
Associate
6,944
Santa Clara
Associate
8,832
Modesto
Associate
18,546
San Jacinto
Associate
14,197
Walnut
Associate
29,842
Napa
Associate
7,169
Oxnard
Associate
6,803
Blythe
Associate
3,831
San Marcos
Associate
27,222
Porterville
Associate
3,773
Whittier
Associate
21,041
Mission Viejo
Associate
18,371
San Bernardino
Associate
12,839
San Diego
Associate
17,013
Stockton
Associate
18,668
San Jose
Associate
9,805
Santa Barbara
Associate
21,632
Santa Rosa
Associate
25,626
Coalinga
Associate
2,833
Culver City
Associate
9,975
Marysville
Associate
9,904

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Mental Health Counselors

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for California. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Mental Health Counselors

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Mental Health Counselors relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Bakersfield 180 $47,010
Chico 220 $36,240
El Centro 100 $47,970
Fresno 350 $44,070
Sacramento 1290 $31,390
Roseville 1290 $31,390
Arden 1290 $31,390
Arcade 1290 $31,390
Salinas 220 $36,000
San Diego 1100 $37,870
Carlsbad 1100 $37,870
Los Angeles 5790 $42,320
Long Beach 5790 $42,320
Anaheim 5790 $42,320
Merced 50 $53,750
Modesto 210 $51,390
Napa 70 $78,660
Oxnard N/A $39,310
Thousand Oaks N/A $39,310
Ventura N/A $39,310
Riverside 1200 $37,690
San Bernardino 1200 $37,690
Ontario 1200 $37,690
San Francisco 2030 $45,920
Oakland 2030 $45,920
Hayward 2030 $45,920
Stockton 180 $34,730
Lodi 180 $34,730
San Jose 660 $42,520
Sunnyvale 660 $42,520
Santa Clara 660 $42,520
Vallejo 100 $51,760
Fairfield 100 $51,760
Visalia 120 $46,300
Porterville 120 $46,300
Yuba City 70 $40,530
San Luis Obispo 100 $38,300
Paso Robles 100 $38,300
Arroyo Grande 100 $38,300
Santa Cruz 120 $38,040
Watsonville 120 $38,040
Santa Maria 50 $37,140
Santa Barbara 50 $37,140
Santa Rosa 280 $43,960

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