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Working As A Counselor

  • $34,317

    Average Salary

What Does A Counselor Do

A Counselor helps people to explore feelings and emotions that are often related to past and present experiences. They work with individuals, groups, and communities to improve their mental health.

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Counselor Career Paths

Counselor
Program Director Clinical Director
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Instructor Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Assistant Director Office Manager
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Coordinator Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Therapist Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Social Worker Therapist
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Program Manager
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Case Manager Career Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Hostess Home Health Aid Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Therapist Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operations Manager Assistant Director
Owner/Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Security Officer Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Office Manager Case Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Project Manager Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Program Director
Unit Director
5 Yearsyrs
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Counselor Demographics

Gender

Female

62.3%

Male

35.4%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.5%

French

11.6%

Italian

3.4%

German

3.1%

Chinese

2.5%

Mandarin

2.5%

Portuguese

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Arabic

2.2%

Hebrew

1.7%

Japanese

1.5%

Hindi

1.1%

Korean

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Swahili

0.4%

Urdu

0.4%
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Counselor Education

Schools

Liberty University

12.9%

University of Phoenix

12.4%

Capella University

9.0%

Walden University

6.7%

Grand Canyon University

6.0%

Florida State University

4.9%

Webster University

4.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.2%

Troy University

4.0%

Temple University

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

Fordham University

3.5%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

Florida International University

3.2%

University of Alabama

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%

New York University

3.1%

University of Memphis

3.0%

Ashford University

3.0%

Nova Southeastern University

2.8%
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Majors

Psychology

15.5%

Social Work

12.0%

School Counseling

10.0%

Business

9.4%

Counseling Psychology

7.2%

Criminal Justice

7.1%

Mental Health Counseling

5.7%

Human Services

3.8%

Education

3.8%

Sociology

3.8%

Communication

3.0%

Nursing

2.6%

Clinical Psychology

2.3%

Elementary Education

2.3%

Kinesiology

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

English

1.8%

Family Therapy

1.8%

Biology

1.8%

Human Development

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.5%

Masters

32.2%

Other

17.5%

Associate

5.9%

Doctorate

3.2%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Counselor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Counselor Phil Art Studio & Sci Toefl In Ny New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $95,313
Counselor B Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Sep 02, 2015 $65,900
Tourist Business Counselor America Asia Travel Center Inc. Monterey Park, CA Sep 28, 2013 $65,720
Business Counselor Wealth Ocean Inc. Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2013 $65,000
Counselor Sathya LLC Cedar Park, TX Jun 01, 2016 $62,800
Medical Counselor Mohammed Amirul Islam, Md, Pa Port Arthur, TX Sep 29, 2015 $62,610
Counselor Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Oct 01, 2016 $61,466
Counselor Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $61,466
Counselor Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $59,676
Animal Behavior Counselor The Pet Wellness Center, P.C. Plainview, NY Nov 01, 2013 $59,250
Counselor Safe Harbor Retreat LLC East Hampton, NY Jun 22, 2016 $58,436
Counselor Phil Art Studio Inc. Fort Lee, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $45,142
Behavioral Counselor The Hope Source, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jan 09, 2016 $45,000
Counselor III Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2014 $45,000
Counselor III Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 25, 2014 $45,000
Business Counselor Pacific Asian Consortium In Employment Los Angeles, CA Jan 10, 2014 $44,000
Counselor State University of New York College at Plattsburg Plattsburgh, NY Aug 30, 2014 $43,907
Counselors, All Other Misericordia Home Chicago, IL Jul 01, 2014 $43,827
Counselor Advocate New York Asian Women's Center New York, NY Apr 27, 2015 $38,000
Counselor Advocate New York Asian Women's Center New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $38,000
Counselor Advocate New York Asian Women's Center New York, NY Aug 24, 2015 $38,000
Migration Counselor Catholic Charities Community Services-Archdiocese New York, NY Sep 15, 2014 $38,000
Counselor Advocate New York Asian Women's NY Jan 07, 2016 $38,000
Migration Counselor Catholic Charities Community Services-Archdiocese New York, NY Jun 01, 2014 $38,000

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Top Skills for A Counselor

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  1. Treatment Plans
  2. Crisis Intervention
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Documented clinical and behavioral assessment reports evaluating treatment plans in a high management treatment facility.
  • Perform therapeutic crisis intervention restraints as necessary in order for clients to deescalate during moments of heightened stress and agitation.
  • Enforced rules and regulations of recreational facilities to maintain discipline and ensure safety.
  • Mentored new counselors encouraging them to get certification Skills Used Motivational interviewing Computer skills Addiction certification CBT Time management
  • Developed relationships with children suffering from behavioral and mental health issues.

What is it like to work as a Counselor

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April 18, 2019 on Zippia

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What do you like the most about working as Counselor?

Change agent when people are stuck and need support in the process of restoration. One on one and group processing is powerful... Show More

What do you NOT like?

The over documentation required by DHS that robs the quality time needed in intervention and treatment. This lopsided demand makes the term “best practices” mere bureaucratic lip service without the means to actually deliver quality hands on services... Show More

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