By Rich Figel
On this month's Career Changers TV show, we have a segment about job opportunities in the psychology field. When times get tough, stress and mental illness problems increase. So does alcohol and drug abuse. That means there's a need for more counselors, therapists and psychologists.
Losing your job can be devastating. Marriages suffer due to money woes. Long periods of unemployment can lead to depression and anxiety. So if there are any professionals out there reading this, who specialize in this area, we'd like to have you on the show to offer advice and tell viewers where they can get help.
Another question I'd ask: If you're out of work and lose your health insurance coverage, what do you do if you can't afford private counseling?
Sadly, at a time when more drug and alcohol treatment is needed, the State is cutting funds in that department -- which will probably lead to an increase in crime and accidents that cost taxpayers more than what is being "saved' by these budget reductions.
Relevant link: U.S. News & World Report rated "Marriage and Family Therapist" as one of the 50 best careers of 2010, with strong growth over the next decade. Median annual earnings for therapists were $45,000 in 2008, while the top 10 percent made over $71,000 a year. Your mileage may vary.
Calling the next Dr. Drew: Is there a psychologist in the house who would like to be on Career Changers TV? Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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