"peer support," "substance abuse," and "wic program" aren't the only skills we found peer counselors list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of peer counselor responsibilities that we found, including:
See the full list of peer counselor skills.
Before becoming a peer counselor, 61.4% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 7.7% peer counselors went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, most peer counselors have a college degree. But about one out of every seven peer counselors didn't attend college at all.
The peer counselors who went onto college to earn a more in-depth education generally studied psychology and business, while a small population of peer counselors studied sociology and criminal justice.
Once you're ready to become a peer counselor, you should explore the companies that typically hire peer counselors. According to peer counselor resumes that we searched through, peer counselors are hired the most by Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Open Sky Community Services, and Catholic Community Services of Utah. Currently, Sea Mar Community Health Centers has 15 peer counselor job openings, while there are 10 at Open Sky Community Services and 8 at Catholic Community Services of Utah.
If you're interested in companies where peer counselors make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, GradyHealth, and Seneca Resources. We found that at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, the average peer counselor salary is $64,781. Whereas at GradyHealth, peer counselors earn roughly $60,932. And at Seneca Resources, they make an average salary of $47,984.
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We also looked into companies who hire peer counselors from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include CampCo, Ymca, and Private Practice.
For the most part, peer counselors make their living in the non profits and health care industries. Peer counselors tend to make the most in the education industry with an average salary of $47,483. The peer counselor annual salary in the non profits and professional industries generally make $38,818 and $38,742 respectively. Additionally, peer counselors who work in the education industry make 19.9% more than peer counselors in the government Industry.