"developmental disabilities," "patients," and "community integration" aren't the only skills we found program counselors list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of program counselor responsibilities that we found, including:
We've found that 60.2% of program counselors have earned a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, 15.4% earned their master's degrees before becoming a program counselor. While it's true that most program counselors have a college degree, it's generally possible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every eight program counselors did not spend the extra money to attend college.
The program counselors who went onto college to earn a more in-depth education generally studied psychology and social work, while a small population of program counselors studied criminal justice and business.
When you're ready to become a program counselor, you might wonder which companies hire program counselors. According to our research through program counselor resumes, program counselors are mostly hired by Helio Health, Brennan Center for Justice, and Ymca Of Greater Seattle. Now is a good time to apply as Helio Health has 13 program counselors job openings, and there are 11 at Brennan Center for Justice and 8 at Ymca Of Greater Seattle.
Since salary is important to some program counselors, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Russell Sage College, Legal Services, and Lake County. If you were to take a closer look at Russell Sage College, you'd find that the average program counselor salary is $58,524. Then at Legal Services, program counselors receive an average salary of $58,190, while the salary at Lake County is $53,110.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at CampCo, Ymca, and Private Practice. These three companies have hired a significant number of program counselors from these institutions.
For the most part, program counselors make their living in the health care and non profits industries. Program counselors tend to make the most in the health care industry with an average salary of $41,845. The program counselor annual salary in the education and government industries generally make $41,289 and $41,274 respectively. Additionally, program counselors who work in the health care industry make 35.4% more than program counselors in the non profits Industry.