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Rehabilitation Counselors

General Information

Description

Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, aging, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Human Services

Job Outlook

Employment of rehabilitation counselors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 9,900 openings for rehabilitation counselors are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$38,560

State-by-state Salary

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$76,410
$29,160
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 55%
  • Master's degree 27%
  • High school 12%
  • Post-master's certificate 2%
  • First professional degree 1%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • Administrative

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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