What does a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor do?

Vocational rehabilitation counselors interview and assess patients with disabilities or other vocational difficulties to determine their employment readiness and the type of work that best suits their skills and qualifications. They are hired by counseling centers and medical facilities and report to a case manager or program coordinator. They sometimes travel to medical facilities, group homes, and individual patient homes as part of their regular workload.

Vocational rehabilitation counselors evaluate patients by studying their qualifications, strengths, and weaknesses to help determine suitable employment for them. They assess patients’ skills and viability for the workforce to determine if they are ready for part-time or full-time employment positions. They follow up with patients and record and add notes to their files to maintain a current record after every session with their patients and provide group and individual job counseling. They maintain reports for insurance companies that note ongoing progress and changes to the patient's condition. Vocational rehabilitation counselors need a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling or related fields of study.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$53,553 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $54K
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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Career Path

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Transition Specialist Representative
Jun 14, 2019

“I still have a great opportunity to work with larger clients and increase my pay.”

Transition Specialist
Jun 4, 2021

“I Love working at Conservice because of the best communication care that is demonstrated during my training the trainers wants everyone to win”

Colorado RecoveryColorado Recovery
Vocational Specialist
Feb 7, 2020

“Colorado Recovery is one of the most pleasant and supportive places I have worked.”

Cooley Associates
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Jul 14, 2021

“I did not make a fair and decent wage.”

Texas Department of Criminal JusticeTexas Department of Criminal Justice
Rehabilitation Specialist
Apr 14, 2021

“And holiday time is pretty nice.”

Washington Vocational ServicesWashington Vocational Services
Vocational Counselor
Mar 9, 2021

“Great dental and bonuses.”

Copa  HealthCopa Health
Vocational Specialist
Mar 26, 2020

“Countless opportunities for professional development and furthering one's career.”

The Children’s Center Rehabilitation HospitalThe Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital
Rehabilitation Specialist
Mar 29, 2021

“limited opportunity for personal development”

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