Some of the skills we found on residential counselor resumes included "direct care," "medication administration," and "mental health." We have detailed the most important residential counselor responsibilities below.
See the full list of residential counselor skills.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a residential counselor. We found that 59.0% of residential counselors have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 8.9% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most residential counselors have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every seven residential counselors were not college graduates.
Those residential counselors who do attend college, typically earn either psychology degrees or criminal justice degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for residential counselors include social work degrees or sociology degrees.
Once you're ready to become a residential counselor, you should explore the companies that typically hire residential counselors. According to residential counselor resumes that we searched through, residential counselors are hired the most by Vinfen, Riverside Community Care, and Open Sky Community Services. Currently, Vinfen has 373 residential counselor job openings, while there are 182 at Riverside Community Care and 146 at Open Sky Community Services.
Since salary is important to some residential counselors, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at The Evergreens, Telecare, and Lifespan. If you were to take a closer look at The Evergreens, you'd find that the average residential counselor salary is $40,544. Then at Telecare, residential counselors receive an average salary of $40,352, while the salary at Lifespan is $40,230.
View more details on residential counselor salaries across the United States.
Some other companies you might be interested in as a residential counselor include Vinfen, Wediko Children's Services, and Four Oaks. These three companies were found to hire the most residential counselors from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
In general, residential counselors fulfill roles in the non profits and health care industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the residential counselor annual salary is the highest in the education industry with $35,120 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the non profits and professional industries pay $35,056 and $34,874 respectively. This means that residential counselors who are employed in the education industry make 3.3% more than residential counselors who work in the health care Industry.