FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Residence Counselor Overview

This job has expired and is no longer available.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or
The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Working As A Residence Counselor

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $34,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Residence Counselor Do

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and other relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.

Duties

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists typically do the following:

  • Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression
  • Encourage clients to discuss their emotions and experiences
  • Help clients process their reactions and adjust to difficult changes in their life, such as divorce and layoffs
  • Guide clients through the process of making decisions about their future
  • Help clients develop strategies and skills to change their behavior and to cope with difficult situations
  • Refer clients to other resources or services in the community, such as support groups or inpatient treatment facilities

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists use a variety of techniques and tools to help their clients. Many apply cognitive behavioral therapy, a goal-oriented approach that helps clients understand harmful thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and teaches how to replace them with positive, life-enhancing ones. Furthermore, mental health counselors use cognitive behavioral therapy to teach clients to eliminate unwanted and damaging behaviors and to replace them with more productive ones.

Although some disorders can be overcome, others need to be managed. With the latter, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help the client develop strategies and skills to minimize the effects of their disorders or illnesses.

Many mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists work in private practice. They must spend time marketing their practice to prospective clients and working with insurance companies and clients to get payment for their services.

Mental health counselors provide treatment to individuals, families, couples, and groups. Some work with specific populations, such as the elderly, college students, or children. Mental health counselors deal with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, stress, and suicidal impulses. They also help with mental and emotional health issues and relationship problems. 

Marriage and family therapists work with individuals, couples, and families. Unlike other types of mental health professionals, they bring a family-centered perspective to treatment, even when treating individuals. They evaluate family roles and development, to understand how clients’ families affect their mental health. They treat the clients’ relationships, not just the clients themselves. They address issues, such as low self-esteem, stress, addiction, and substance abuse.

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists coordinate patient treatment with other professionals, such as psychiatrists and social workers.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Residence Counselor

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists are typically required to have a master’s degree and a license to practice.

Education

To become a mental health counselor or a marriage and family therapist, applicants typically need a master’s degree in psychology, clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or a related mental health field. A bachelor’s degree in most fields is acceptable to enter a master’s program.

Counseling programs prepare students to recognize symptoms of mental and emotional disorders and to use effective counseling strategies. Marriage and family therapy programs teach students about how marriages, families, and relationships function and how these relationships can affect mental and emotional disorders.

Many employers prefer to hire counselors who have graduated from programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.

Training

Candidates gain hands-on experience through postdegree supervised clinical work, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In training, they learn to provide family therapy, group therapy, psychotherapy, and other therapeutic interventions, under the supervision of a licensed counselor.

Licenses

All states require mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists to be licensed in the state in which they practice. Licensure requires a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of postdegree supervised clinical experience, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In addition, counselors and therapists must pass a state-recognized exam and complete annual continuing education classes.

Contact information for state boards regulating mental health counselors is available through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Contact and licensing information for marriage and family therapists is available through the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Counselors and therapists often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different types of people is essential for counselors and therapists. They spend most of their time working directly with clients and other professionals and must be able to encourage good relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, both of whom need to give their full attention to their clients to understand their problems, values, and goals.

Organizational skills. Good organizational skills are especially important for counselors and therapists in private practice, who must keep track of payments and work with insurance companies.

Speaking skills. Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists need to be able to communicate with clients effectively. They must express ideas and information in a way that clients can understand easily.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Residence Counselor?

Send To A Friend

What are you looking for?

Take our 2 minute survey and see the best Residence Counselor jobs for you.

Residence Counselor Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Residence Counselor Career Paths

Residence Counselor
Counselor Therapist
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Counselor Therapist Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Counselor Clinician Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Case Manager
Clinical Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Executive Assistant Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Executive Assistant Assistant Property Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Residential Counselor Therapist
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Team Leader Program Director
Director Of Program Services
8 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Service Supervisor Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Administrator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Clinical Social Worker Social Work Supervisor
Director Of Social Work
6 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Program Coordinator Clinician
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Administrator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Utilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Lead Teacher House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Therapeutic Support Staff Program Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Teacher Administrator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Teacher Assistant Teacher Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Show More
Share

What is the right job for your career path?

Tell us your goals and we'll match you with the right jobs.

Average Length of Employment
Teacher Counselor 2.6 years
Residential Worker 2.2 years
Group Counselor 2.1 years
Aids Counselor 2.0 years
Counselor 2.0 years
Relief Counselor 1.9 years
Youth Counselor 1.9 years
Program Counselor 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Residence Counselor
Internship 14.2%
Cashier 10.6%
Counselor 5.6%
Volunteer 5.4%
Server 3.1%
Teacher 2.9%
Top Careers After Residence Counselor
Case Manager 11.7%
Internship 8.8%
Counselor 6.9%
Cashier 4.9%
Volunteer 3.8%
Teacher 3.5%
Assistant 2.9%

Do you work as a Residence Counselor?

Average Yearly Salary
$34,000
Show Salaries
$25,000
Min 10%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Loretto Management
Highest Paying City
Cambridge, MA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Residence Counselor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Residence Counselor in the United States is $34,041 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $25,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $45,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

See what's out there.

Real Residence Counselor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Residence Counselor St. Stanislaus College Aug 01, 2011 $59,480
Residence Evening Counselor YAI-National Institute for People With Disabilitie Aug 01, 2009 $40,363
Residence Counselor Delaware State University Mar 15, 2011 $39,600 -
$65,000
Residence Counselor Delaware State University Mar 15, 2011 $37,600 -
$50,000
Residence Counselor Bethel University Aug 03, 2010 $36,689
Residence Evening Counselor YAI-National Institute for People With Disabilitie Aug 01, 2009 $35,437
Resident Minister/Counselor Loyola Marymount University Aug 27, 2010 $32,620
Resident Minister/Counselor Loyola Marymount University Aug 28, 2010 $32,620

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

See More Salaries

Top Skills for A Residence Counselor

  1. Independent Living
  2. Crisis Intervention
  3. Treatment Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised students in residential areas - encouraged positive social interactions and fostered independent living skills, e.g.
  • Manage crisis within the residential setting utilizing recognized crisis intervention strategies, participate in fire drills and appropriate incident reporting.
  • Facilitated psycho-educational groups focused on behavioral modification, social skills, and coping mechanisms to coincide with treatment plans and goals.
  • Set up and initiated social services benefits, Job Training, and mental health services.
  • Provided support to individuals with developmental disabilities by teaching and assisting with independent living skills, and providing personal care.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Residence Counselors

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Maine
  3. Hawaii
  4. Connecticut
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Alaska
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. New York
  9. New Jersey
  10. Rhode Island
  • (719 jobs)
  • (25 jobs)
  • (15 jobs)
  • (150 jobs)
  • (28 jobs)
  • (8 jobs)
  • (362 jobs)
  • (365 jobs)
  • (202 jobs)
  • (11 jobs)

Residence Counselor Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 5,649 Residence Counselor resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

Learn How To Create A Top Notch Residence Counselor Resume

View Resume Examples

Residence Counselor Demographics

Gender

Female

61.8%

Male

32.7%

Unknown

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

63.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.6%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.5%

French

14.2%

Portuguese

4.1%

Italian

3.7%

German

3.2%

Arabic

2.7%

Korean

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Hindi

1.8%

Greek

1.4%

Dutch

0.9%

Indonesian

0.9%

Braille

0.9%

Japanese

0.9%

Dakota

0.9%

Hmong

0.5%

Ukrainian

0.5%

Wolof

0.5%

Bambara

0.5%

Norwegian

0.5%
Show More

Residence Counselor Education

Schools

Mohawk Valley Community College

12.5%

Monroe Community College

7.1%

State University of New York Buffalo

6.4%

Liberty University

6.4%

State University of New York Albany

5.9%

Hudson Valley Community College

5.6%

State University of New York College at Brockport

4.9%

Utica College

4.5%

University of Louisville

4.5%

State University of New York College at Oswego

4.5%

Herkimer County Community College

4.2%

Bryant and Stratton College

4.2%

College of New Rochelle

4.2%

State University of New York Oneonta

4.0%

Rockland Community College

3.8%

State University of New York College at Buffalo

3.8%

Roberts Wesleyan College

3.5%

Ashford University

3.5%

New York University

3.3%

State University of New York College at New Paltz

3.3%
Show More
Majors

Psychology

20.5%

Social Work

10.9%

Criminal Justice

9.0%

Business

8.2%

Human Services

8.1%

Counseling Psychology

5.8%

Mental Health Counseling

5.0%

Nursing

4.8%

Sociology

4.1%

Liberal Arts

3.9%

Medical Assisting Services

3.1%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Education

2.3%

General Studies

2.0%

Communication

2.0%

Human Development

1.9%

Biology

1.6%

Social Sciences

1.6%

Accounting

1.5%

Elementary Education

1.5%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

44.2%

Masters

20.5%

Associate

13.6%

High School Diploma

10.1%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

3.6%

Doctorate

1.9%

License

0.9%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

What Is It Like To Work As A Residence Counselor

3.0

Residence Counselor

December 5, 2019 on Zippia

What was your job title?

Residence Counselor.. Show More

What do you like the most about working as Residence Counselor?

To help most people out of their respective concern... Show More

What do you NOT like?

I don't like people perishing, especially the teenagers... Show More

Top Residence Counselor Employers

Jobs From Top Residence Counselor Employers

Residence Counselor Videos

A Day in the Life - Drug/Alcohol Counselor

A Day in the Life of a Youth Villages Counselor

Residential Counselors

Related To Your Recently Viewed Content

Updated May 18, 2020