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, 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.

Also known as:

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Classification Counselor, Employment Advisor, Employment Instructional Associate (EIA), Employment Services Case Manager, Employment Specialist, Human Services Care Specialist, Job Coach, Job Developer, Options Advisor, Rehabilitation Counselor, Rehabilitation Specialist, Resource Navigator, Vocational Case Manager, Vocational Counselor, Vocational Placement Specialist, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC), Vocational Services Specialist, Work Counselor

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Rehabilitation Counselors is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 12.5%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #19 in job growth rate
  • 420

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #10 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Rehabilitation Counselors:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (6.4%)
  • Master's degree (38.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (28.6%)
  • Associate's degree (7.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (8.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (10%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.6%)

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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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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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.
  • Confer with clients to discuss treatment plans or progress.
  • Evaluate potential problems in home or work environments of clients.
  • Assist clients in handling details of daily life.
  • Monitor clients to evaluate treatment progress.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 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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