Counselor Career Description
Counselors play a major role in assisting individuals and family members in crisis or in ongoing therapy. Educational and vocational counselors are employed at the elementary, middle, secondary, and postsecondary schools to help students overcome learning disabilities and set plans for their continuing education. Two out of three educational or vocational counselors hold at least a bachelor's degree.
Counselor Career Training
Other counseling professionals who have completed online or on-campus career training work as rehabilitation counselors, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, or substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors. Rehabilitation counselors provide counseling, training, or resources to individuals who are affected by vocational or learning disabilities caused by on-the-job physical injuries or emotional difficulties. A master's degree is usually required for most of these professions, along with state licensing. Some states will hire counselors with a bachelor's degree and relevant professional experience or internships.
One of the fastest-growing fields is in substance-abuse and addictions counseling to treat persons with alcohol, drugs, food, sexual, or gambling disorders. These counselors may also work with the families affected by a member with addiction or behavioral problems. Jobs for these counselors are predicted to grow by 34 percent during the 2006 to 2016 decade. You can pursue online training at the associate's or bachelor's degree level with a specialization in addictions counseling.
Job Outlook for Counselors
Employment for educational, vocational and school counselors is expected to grow 13 percent between 2006 and 2016, with overall counseling jobs increasing by 21 percent between 2006 and 2016. *The pay rate ranges from $30,000 to $80,000.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics