Mental health worker demographics: An industry snapshot

Licensed clinical social workers, often referred to as therapists, make up 36 percent of the country's mental health workforce, according to data from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

There are more than 612,000 behavioral health specialists in the U.S., according to data from 2020, the most recent available. Here is a breakdown of the number of providers by specialty.

 

Specialist type

Number of providers

Addiction medicine

3,847

Addiction psychiatry

918

Child and adolescent psychiatry

7,832

Licensed clinical social workers

221,791

Licensed marriage and family therapists

64,592

Licensed professional counselors

172,446

Psychiatrists

39,071

Psychologists

102,004

 

There are 574,745 other practitioners, including primary care physicians, advanced practice providers and other physicians who prescribe behavioral health medicine, bringing the total number of providers actively treating mental health conditions to 1,187,192.

 

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