To become a program counselor, you usually need a bachelor's degree and 2-4 years of experience. The most common jobs before becoming a program counselor are internship, cashier, and counselor. Hiring managers expect a program counselor to have soft skills such as analytical skills, compassion, and interpersonal skills. Once you have all the required skills and experience, it takes an average of 3-6 months of job training to become a program counselor.
The national average salary for program counselors is $43,820, but with the right certifications and experience, they can make up to $58,000. Getting a certification as a First Aid, CPR and AED Instructor will help you to earn more as a program counselor.
Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 8% and produce 27,200 job opportunities across the U.S.