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Rehabilitation Counselors

Rehabilitation Counselors
Quick Facts : Rehabilitation Counselors*
2010 Median Pay$32,350
Entry Level EducationMaster's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012129,800
Job Outlook28% (Faster than average)
Employment Change36,600

Rehabilitation counselors help people with physical, mental, emotional, or social disabilities at various stages in their lives. They help their clients overcome personal, social, and professional effects of disabilities as they relate to employment or independent living.

What Rehabilitation Counselors Do

  • Provide individual and group counseling to help clients adjust to their disability
  • Evaluate clients' abilities, interests, experience, skills, health, and education
  • Develop a treatment plan in consultation with other professionals, such as doctors, mental health counselors, and psychologists
  • Locate resources, such as wheelchairs or computer programs, that help clients live and work more independently
  • Advocate for the rights of people with disabilities to live in the community and work in the job of their choice

Work Environment

Rehabilitation counselors work in a variety of settings, such as schools, prisons, independent-living facilities, rehabilitation agencies and private practice. Most work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020 spurred by the increase in the elderly population and with the continued rehabilitation needs of other groups.
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The average salary of rehabilitation counselors was $32,350 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Rehabilitation Counselors

Most employers require a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling or a related field. Most master's programs in rehabilitation counseling accept a bachelor's degree in almost any field to enter. They typically require a period of supervised experience, such as an internship.
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