|Educational, vocational, and school counselors||275,800|
|Mental health counselors||113,300|
|Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors||86,100|
|Marriage and family therapists||27,300|
|Counselors, all other||33,400|
A growing number of counselors are self-employed and work in group practices or private practice, due in part to laws allowing counselors to be paid for their services by insurance companies and to the growing recognition that counselors are well-trained, effective professionals.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition