Counselors help people to identify and address specific challenges in their lives. Rehabilitation counselors help people with physical challenges – disabilities that come from illness, injury or birth defects. Mental health counselors help people address such issues as substance abuse, suicide, parenting or family problems, marital problems, stress, self-esteem, or aging.
Their duties depend on the individuals they serve and the settings in which they work.
Salary Range: $31,600 – $70,100
Salary Notes: The median salary in 2016 was $37,040. Salaries vary depending on work environment, population served, education and experience.
Where you can study:
Bay Path University, Longmeadow, MA
College of Saint Joseph, Rutland, VT
Community College of Vermont, Montpelier, VT
Johnson State College, Johnson, VT
Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
Springfield College, Springfield, MA
Springfield College School of Human Services, St. Johnsbury, VT
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Where you might work:
– Colleges and Universities – Community Mental Health Centers – Correctional Facilities – Drug Rehabilitation Facilities – Halfway Houses – Hospice – Hospitals – Nursing Homes – Private Practice – Schools
Job Outlook: Employment of counselors is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2024.
Education, Licensing and Certification: Most states require some form of counselor credentialing, licensure, certification or registry for practice outside of schools; all states require school counselors to hold a state school counseling certification. The state of Vermont requires that mental health counselors be licensed. High school course work should include college prep classes. Prospective counselors might choose a number of undergraduate majors in natural sciences or psychology, for example. Over half of all counselors have a master’s degree.
Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network 816-235-6888
American Counseling Association 800-347-6647
American Mental Health Counselors Association 800-326-2642
National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. 336-547-0607