"intellectual disabilities," "crisis intervention," 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 The Salvation Army, Geo Group, and Achieve. Now is a good time to apply as The Salvation Army has 3 program counselors job openings, and there are 2 at Geo Group and 1 at Achieve.
Since salary is important to some program counselors, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Catholic Charities USA, Center For Family Services, and University of Tennessee. If you were to take a closer look at Catholic Charities USA, you'd find that the average program counselor salary is $49,229. Then at Center For Family Services, program counselors receive an average salary of $47,967, while the salary at University of Tennessee is $41,832.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at Camp Systems International, YMCA of Greater Omaha, and Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego. 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 non profits and education industries. Program counselors tend to make the most in the government industry with an average salary of $42,341. The program counselor annual salary in the education and hospitality industries generally make $39,693 and $38,173 respectively. Additionally, program counselors who work in the government industry make 18.5% more than program counselors in the non profits Industry.