Individuals with a college education may be able to help war veterans

With a master's degree, professionals may be able to counsel war veterans and their families.
With a master's degree, professionals may be able to counsel war veterans and their families.

A recent study sponsored by Capella University found that about half of all military members are experiencing a mental health issue once they return from combat. Still, only 50 percent of these individuals are receiving the help they need. Individuals who want to provide these people with assistance may want to consider careers as mental health counselors or clinical social workers.

Mental health counselors work with groups, families and individuals on a variety of mental and emotional disorders, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This may include the post-traumatic stress disorder many war veterans now face. Usually a master's degree is required for this position. To enter this field, students frequently major in areas such as education, clinical mental health counseling and career counseling.

Clinical social workers assess and treat people with mental illnesses through group therapy, outreach, crisis intervention and social rehabilitation. Most individuals who hold this job title have a master's degree in social work or a related field, according to the BLS.

Currently, many universities have programs for these two fields of study. For example, Boston College offers a master's degree in social work while the University of North Texas provides a master's in counseling, according to their websites.

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