Career and Job Market Information
The certificate and Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis on the Psychosocial Rehabilitation model are designed to qualify the graduate to enter the workforce as a paraprofessional in Community-Based Mental Health Programs. The graduates of these programs will be able to work with mentally ill individuals. In partnership with the individual and other paraprofessionals and professionals, the graduate will create a plan for the client to take care of finances, find employment and housing, use community resources, and possibly help with participation in substance-abuse programs.
JOB MARKET INFORMATION
For the County of Los Angeles, the EDD data shows the total estimated job openings due to growth as 1400 between the years 2001 and 2008. Further, it is expected that 600 jobs will open due to separation. For Orange County, the EDD data shows the total estimated job openings due to growth as 6180 between the years 2002 and 2012. Further, it is expected that 618 new jobs will be created and 462 jobs will open due to separation. (Source: LaborMarketInfo.edd.ca.gov).
The Center for Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco (2003) estimates that California will need between 73,000 to 80,000 mental health workers by 2010. There are many people who need services; one in five Californians will experience a serious mental illness during their lifetime (California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies, 2002).