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.

What responsibilities are common for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor jobs?
  • Monitor, evaluate, and track client progress with respect to relevant goals in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) through onsite visits, job fairs and career seminars.
  • Evaluate client work capacities, provide assistive technology services and administer tests to determine vocational aptitudes, interests, abilities, and potential of clients.
  • Coordinate the vocational program in the absence of/or as requested by supervisor.
  • Arrange individual and group activities to aid clients to achieve service goals.
  • Administer functional skills analysis, review and analyze assessment tests, interview and conduct observations, develop plans, partner with service providers and provide access to successful job placement.
  • Attend integration function provided for the individuals as necessary.
  • Monitor on-site job coaching and recommend assistive devices for program and/or service use.
  • Provide monthly summary of client progress.
What are the typical qualifications for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business, engineering, or psychology.
  • Strong command of English language and good communication skills.
  • Solid leadership, time management, and problem solving skills.
  • Comfortable serving in an advocacy role.
  • Understanding of HIPAA regulations and other privacy mandates.
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How much does a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor make?

$52,692 /yr
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J Kelly & AssociatesJ Kelly & Associates
Transition Specialist
Dec 1, 2022

“Good hourly pay but you will have mandatory overtime which is fine because you'll love your paycheck”

Transition Specialist Representative
Jun 11, 2021

“If you are starting your career in Project Management this place would be an excellent place to start.”

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”

Cooley Associates
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Jul 14, 2021

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

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Jan 8, 2023

“Not the best group insurance benefits (but not terrible either)”

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

“And holiday time is pretty nice.”

Commonwealth of KentuckyCommonwealth of Kentucky
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
Sep 7, 2022

“I eventually left because I couldn't afford to live on a $30k salary as a single mom.”

Central CoalfieldsCentral Coalfields
Vocational Trainee
Dec 5, 2020

“There is no such cons but you will not get much respect in initial year of your job.”

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