Drug and Alcohol Worker

Drug and Alcohol Worker

Drug and Alcohol workers provide support services to people in the community with drug and alcohol issues. These services can include assessment, intervention and counselling.

Drug and Alcohol workers may also act as advocates by promoting awareness of drug and alcohol services and health education. The average salary of a Drug and Alcohol Worker is $58,117 per annum.

Salary range
Average salary $58,117
salary range
$51,903
$58,117
$64,839
Source: SEEK
Projected job growth
23% by 2020
23%
2015
2020
Source: joboutlook.gov.au
Employment by region
The top three regions for employment as a Drug and Alcohol Worker are:
NSW
NSW 37.8%
VIC
VIC 22.7%
QLD
QLD 21%
Source: joboutlook.gov.au

Key skills required

The top skills for a Drug and Alcohol Worker are:
  • Able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
  • Tolerance and an open mind
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Able to take initiative
  • Non-judgemental attitude
  • Able to deal with conflict in stressful situations
  • Commitment to human rights and social justice
Source: myfuture.edu.au
Career pathway planner
Starting out
Starting out

Learn how to assess the needs of clients and provide them with assistance and support by studying a diploma course. You’ll gain invaluable skills through both theory and practical work experience.

  • Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC53215)
Moving up in the industry
Moving up in the industry

Build on your foundation in drug and alcohol work with a bachelor degree, which will prepare you for more senior roles in the community services sector.

  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services)