If you’re looking for remote mental health jobs, the timing has never been better. Teletherapy is currently experiencing a surge in popularity, thanks to the healthcare system’s pivot to virtual models.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in the first few months of 2020 alone, online therapy rates increased by 50%, compared to the previous year. Even before the pandemic hit, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted faster-than-average growth for mental health professionals by the year 2028.
Moreover, experts have predicted continued growth for teletherapy services as well as the introduction of more teletherapy startups in 2021. That translates to increased opportunities for mental health professionals to find telehealth jobs that fit their qualifications and availability.
Here’s what you need to know to find remote mental health professional jobs.
Remote jobs in mental health give you the flexibility of working from home and, in many cases, creating your own schedule. If you contract with a teletherapy provider, for instance, you will save money on the overhead of renting an office space. The company may even handle the paperwork of new clients, as well as billing and insurance, so that you can focus your full attention on your patients. Depending on your interests and availability, remote mental health careers can offer a full-time career or supplement your regular job.
You can also reach a greater diversity of clients than you might in your hometown since many teletherapy mental health platforms are designed to reach people across the globe.
As a mental health professional, you already possess above-average listening, empathy, and interpersonal abilities. Make sure to include these soft skills on your resume. Remember that connecting with a patient virtually requires an even deeper understanding of mental health. Be sure to point out your history of successfully working directly with clients to develop solid relationships. A solid background in direct client care will give you an advantage in a virtual setting.
Your resume should also highlight your licenses and certifications. Most remote mental health jobs will require you to hold a mental health specialization such as LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), or LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist). You should hold a license in your state, and in some cases, in multiple states.
Teletherapy services may ask for several years of experience providing patient care in a typical office setting. Mention your past experience and the groups in which you specialize. Now is also the time to spotlight your technological expertise, especially any history of delivering advice or care via email, phone, or electronic platforms.
Some available jobs for remote mental health professionals include remote therapists, mental health nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists. When searching for these jobs, be sure to include the keywords “virtual,” “remote,” or “telecommute” to target your search effectively.
Let iHire help you take the next step with mental health careers. When searching for remote jobs on iHireMentalHealth, look for postings with the blue “Remote” tag.