Behavioral Health Workforce

Looking to make a difference?  

The behavioral health workforce plays a critical role in building and sustaining a city where all New Yorkers are safe, healthy, and able to access resources. Behavioral health professionals respond to the mental, emotional, or substance use challenges of individuals and communities, promoting well-being through positions in direct service and administration.  
 
The behavioral health public sector workforce includes jobs in government agencies, public hospitals and clinics, schools, facilities that accept Medicaid, faith-based organizations, and non-profits and community-based organizations. There are many job openings at every level of experience, and the growth of behavioral health careers is projected to continue expanding by more than 25% through 2030. This means, there is tremendous opportunity for YOU to become a behavioral health professional! 

The Behavioral Health Career Roadmap outlines job opportunities as well as certifications and college degrees to help you prepare for success. Career coaches, case managers, and college counselors are also encouraged to utilize the Career Roadmap as an advising tool. Download the full-size roadmaps below and continue reading to view salaries as well as sample career pathway stories. 

Career Pathways

Each person’s career journey is unique! There are many entry points and advancement opportunities within the behavioral health sector. Below, learn about a few sample career pathways by following the professional journeys of Carlos, Nadia, Jamie, and Alex.

Share your story! Many people’s career journeys are not linear and involve pauses, career changes, and other experiences of navigating life both personally and professionally. If you’d like, share your own career journey to potentially be featured in future Career Roadmap materials.

Behavioral Health Career Salaries

The Roadmap includes more than 40 sample jobs. While salary ranges will vary, below are some of the NYC regional salaries for Department of Labor standard occupational codes in behavioral health.
SOCTitleAverage Salary
29-1223 Psychiatrists$201,442
29-1122 Occupational Therapists $110,206
19-3039Psychologists, All Other$90,577
21-1092Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists$89,825
29-1129Therapists, All Other$88,531
21-1023Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers$87,446
21-1029Social Workers, All Other$83,656
31-2011Occupational Therapy Assistants$79,028
21-1012Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors$76,864
21-1021Child, Family, and School Social Workers$76,201
21-1091Health Educators$67,264
21-1022Healthcare Social Workers$66,885
21-1019Counselors, All Other$60,161
21-1094Community Health Workers$59,639
21-1015Rehabilitation Counselors$55,328
29-2053Psychiatric Technicians$54,025

Learn More

  • The Behavioral Health Career Roadmap is designed to offer guidelines for a career journey in the behavioral health field. It is not exhaustive, but offers sample job titles and commonly aligned training and education. Some jobs may not require specific degrees, but instead, a combination of training and relevant experience. Learn more about job opportunities and connected training here: careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers  
  • Learn about different types of therapy that clinical professionals can practice at psychologytoday.com/us/types-of-therapy  
  • Search government jobs at cityjobs.nyc.gov and view upcoming civil service exams as nyc.gov/dcas  
  • Access job seeker resources at nyc.gov/jobseekers and take a career assessment at careeronestop.org/Toolkit