Career Paths

There are many ways to address substance use and addiction.  The careers and positions described on this website vary in:

  • Activities, Skills and Knowledge
  • Educational Requirements and Opportunities
  • Licensure/Certification Requirements
  • Opportunities for Advancement

People follow many career paths, working with different populations, in different settings, progressing in responsibility, competency and compensation. As you make your next career move it’s also important to consider:

State Standards for your profession and the addictions field.

Transferability of coursework: Does the degree you are going for help you fulfill the requirements for licensure?

Reciprocity: Is the education, license or certification you have (or obtain) widely recognized and given reciprocity in other states?

Advancement: What are the professional milestones for your chosen discipline?

Continuing Addictions Training: How will you stay current in your addictions specialty as you move through your career?

Click on the links below ("Where do you fit in?") or on the menu choices to the left for more details on individual career paths.