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Counselor

To be a successful Counselor you should…

  • have a strong interest in helping others
  • have the ability to inspire respect, trust and confidence
  • enjoy working independently and as part of a team

What will my job be like?

Counselors help clients solve their personal problems or conflicts, which they are unable to resolve on their own.  They may help families work through conflicts by improving communication and relationships.  Mental health counselors work with clients who struggle with substance abuse, other addictions, marital problems, stress and aging.

Counselors may specialize in the following:

  • Alcohol and Drug Prevention Programs
  • Employment or Vocational Counseling
  • Gerontological Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Counseling – View Video
  • Mental Health Counseling – View Video
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • School and College Counseling

Where could I work?

Counselors are employed in a variety of settings: community mental health centers, drug rehabilitation centers, hospitals, schools, colleges and universities.  In addition, master’s prepared counselors may work for themselves in private practice.  The work week is 40 hours and may include nights or weekends for the convenience of the patients.  School counselors work the same hours and months as teachers.

Other workplace settings:
  • Hospice Programs
  • Nursing Homes
  • Halfway Houses
  • Residential Care Facilities
  • State/Local Government Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Prisons
  • Private and Group Practices
  • Social Agencies
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Centers

What is the average annual salary?

$58,120


What is the future of this career?

According to the BLS, employment of school and career counselors and advisors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 35,000 openings for school and career counselors and advisors 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.


What type of education and/or training do I need?

Counselors receive their education through academic programs at community colleges, colleges and universities.  Most counselors receive a 4-year bachelor’s degree plus a graduate degree.  There are 2-year associate degrees that offer certification in specialized areas of counseling.


Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Albertus Magnus College, New Haven
  • Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield
  • Central Connecticut State University, New Britain
  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
  • Fairfield University, Fairfield
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted
  • Norwalk Community College, Norwalk
  • Post University, Waterbury
  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden
  • Quinebaug Community College, Danielson
  • Sacred Heart University, Fairfield
  • Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
  • Trinity College, Hartford
  • Tunxis Community College, Farmington
  • University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • University of Hartford, West Hartford
  • University of New Haven, West Haven
  • University of St. Joseph, West Hartford
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown
  • Western Connecticut State University, Danbury
  • Yale University, New Haven

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is required in the state of Connecticut. Prerequisite: In addition to an earned Master’s degree or Doctoral degree, a counselor must pass NBCC’s, NCE or NCMHCE exam, and participate in 3000 hours of postgraduate degree supervised experience in professional counseling, including a minimum of 100 hours of direct supervision by an appropriately licensed individual.


Where can I get more information?

American Counseling Association
PO Box 31110
Alexandria, VA 22310
(800) 347-6647
www.counseling.org

American Mental Health Counselors Association
107 S West Street, Suite 779
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-6002
www.amhca.org