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