What does a Counselor do?

Counselors use their training and qualification in counseling methods to help clients manage, cope, and overcome their mental and emotional issues. Counselors listen to their patients and develop treatment plans and coping strategies for difficulties they face in their daily lives. Working in mental health facilities, hospitals, and schools, counselors encourage clients to face and discuss their emotions and their experiences.

Counselors examine issues including substance abuse, bullying, career, depression, stress, and suicide, and work with families to develop a therapeutic process that keeps a comfortably holistic mind and body approach in mind. They help clients define their goals, craft a plan of action, and to gain insight into better ways of doing things and managing life’s challenges. Counselors record a patient’s progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed. When appropriate, they create treatment plans which include appointments with additional counselors, medication, or other services. Counselors need a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, or counseling and some go on for a master’s degree. To practice this, they need a minimum of three years experience as a professional counselor and state licensing where applicable.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
24%
2 - 4
40%
5 - 7
1%
8+
35%

Common Skill Sets

CPR First Aid
English Language
Written Communication
Fluent English
IN Spanish
Microsoft Office Suite
Bilingual
WORKING Relationships

Counselor Seniority Levels

L2
Counselor
$43,218/yr
L3
L4
Staff Counselor
$46,356/yr
Enrollment Advisor
25% made the transition
Admissions Counselor
21% made the transition
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Counselor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$43,218 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$28K
Median: $43K
$66K
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