Methodology for Rankings
Bureau of Labor Statistics: This site tracks employment data as broken down by employment sector. We use this site to gather information related to salaries, state and regional employment, overall employment numbers, and more.
College Scorecard: This site provides data on every institution of higher education in the country. They track many educational metrics, including salary outlooks for graduates.
College Navigator: This site is perhaps the most comprehensive database of educational statistics available. The site is operated by the US Department of Education.
State and Local Governments: Since addiction counselors and other licensed professionals rely on state regulations to govern how they attain their credentials, we consult these state’s websites. Though many states are similar, each is prone to have idiosyncrasies that our readers need to understand.
Accrediting Agencies: Since licensure is often contingent on accreditation, we investigate who has accredited each program. If a program's accreditation is not sufficient for that state's licensing body, we can't list them.
Payscale: This private employment website has aggregated plenty of data from its users. They track salaries through the span of a career, as well as investigating comparable careers, etc.