Rehabilitation Counselors

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What do they do?

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, 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.

Also known as:

Career Specialist, Case Manager, Classification Counselor, Classifications Officer CC/CM, Coach (Career Transition and Performance), Correctional Classification Counselor, Correctional Counselor/Case Manager, Counselor, Developmental Training Counselor, Director of Vocational Evaluations/Rehabilitation Counselor, Employment Advisor, Employment Evaluator/Case Manager, Employment Instructional Associate (EIA), Employment Specialist, Employment Specialist/Program Manager, Human Services Care Specialist, Job Coach, Job Coach/Job Developer, Job Coaching, Job Developer for Deaf Adults, Options Advisor, Prevocational/Rehabilitation Counselor, Prison Classification Counselor, Program Coordinator, Program Specialist, Qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Rehab/Pre-Vocational Counselor, Rehabilitation Counselor, Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Rehabilitation Services Counselor, Rehabilitation Specialist, Senior Case Manager, Senior Staff-Specialized Employment, Supportive Employment Case Manager, Supportive Employment Program Specialist, Vocational Case Manager, Vocational Evaluator, Vocational Placement Specialist, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC), Vocational Services Specialist, Work Counselor

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Rehabilitation Counselors in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Rehabilitation Counselors is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 4%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #7 in job growth rate
  • 440

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #9 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Rehabilitation Counselors:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, All, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (5%)
  • Master's degree (51.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (24.7%)
  • Associate's degree (5%)
  • Some college, no degree (7.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (4.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Maintain client records.
  • Develop treatment plans for patients or clients.
  • Monitor clients to evaluate treatment progress.
  • Confer with clients to discuss treatment plans or progress.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments.
  • Arrange physical or mental health services for clients.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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