We surveyed 1,023 drug and alcohol counselors to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical drug and alcohol counselor. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a drug and alcohol counselor?

Low

High

Working as a drug and alcohol counselor typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a drug and alcohol counselor?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a drug and alcohol counselor typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a drug and alcohol counselor?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a drug and alcohol counselor. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for drug and alcohol counselors.

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Do drug and alcohol counselors work full-time or part-time?

78% of drug and alcohol counselors work in full-time roles while 22% work part-time.

Is being a drug and alcohol counselor stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst drug and alcohol counselors, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a drug and alcohol counselor?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a drug and alcohol counselor.

How competitive is the workplace for drug and alcohol counselors?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for drug and alcohol counselors.

Does being a drug and alcohol counselor require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for drug and alcohol counselors.

Are drug and alcohol counselors allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Drug and alcohol counselors are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do drug and alcohol counselors have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Drug and alcohol counselors tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a drug and alcohol counselor physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a drug and alcohol counselors is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are drug and alcohol counselors exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Drug and alcohol counselors tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a drug and alcohol counselor require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a drug and alcohol counselor.

Does being a good drug and alcohol counselor require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a drug and alcohol counselor.