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Top 5 Reasons to Get Your Masters in Clinical Counseling

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Published 12/19/2017
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If helping others and overcoming challenges appeal to you, then earning your Master's in clinical counseling may be a smart move. Here are five compelling reasons to further your education in this growing field.

1. More Opportunities to Make a Difference

The higher level of expertise you have in counseling, the more opportunities you may have to work directly with people in need and leave a lasting impact in their lives. Effective clinical counselors have the ability to break down walls regardless of race, gender, or age. You can work in a hospital or community-based organization, or even establish your own private practice with the proper credentials2. You can help people from all walks of life navigate and overcome trials such as the loss of a loved one, workplace stress, relationship issues, depression, trauma, and more1. Many states now require a Master's degree to work in the psychology and counseling fields2, so earning one is crucial in getting your foot in the door.

2. Job Security

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 8% increase in job opportunities in the field of psychology between now and 20302. With a Master's degree, you'll be sought after by more reputable organizations and have better employment prospects than you would with only a Bachelor's degree.

3. Higher Salary Potential

With more job prospects comes the potential for greater pay. With a Master's in clinical counseling, you could potentially earn twice as much as someone with a Bachelor’s Degree in a traditional workplace setting3.

4. Job Flexibility

Flexible hours and the ability to set your own rates are just a few of many perks available to professional counselors. With a Master's and the proper licenses, you can set up your own private practice as a clinical counselor, or you could branch out and provide consulting services to individuals and businesses2.

5. Job Fulfillment

Satisfaction and fulfillment in your career are paramount to your overall personal success and well-being. You will have more opportunities to learn, grow, and help people overcome various psychological obstacles. In doing so, you can be proud of making a real difference and developing yourself along the way.

Equal parts challenging and rewarding, the field of clinical counseling is rife with positive, life-changing experiences. The more hard work and dedication you put in, the more fulfillment you can expect. Completing a Master’s in clinical counseling program can unlock the door to a career of meaning and true impact.

Take that first step toward a rewarding future. Call 1-866-825-5426 or click here for more information to learn more about Alliant’s Master's in Clinical Counseling program.


  1. Dr. Barbara LoFrisco, "MS in Clinical Counseling,", Accessed November 29, 2021.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Psychologists: Occupational Outlook Handbook," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 20, 2021. Accessed November 29, 2021.
  3. PayScale, "Average Clinical Psychologist Salary," PayScale, November 09, 2021. Accessed November 29, 2021.

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