Rehabilitation counsellors assist people suffering from physical, mental, emotional and developmental disabilities in trying to live independent lives. This position involves working one on one with patients or clients to cope, manage or overcome the various effects of disabilities that can impact employment opportunities, social lives and independent living.
Nights, weekends, holidays occasionally
As a rehabilitation counsellor, you can expect to clock in about 40 hours a week, but hours may vary based on where you are employed. You will typically meet patients during mornings, afternoons or nights, and you may need to keep in touch with them on weekends.
Again depending on your employer, some travelling may be required to meet clients in their homes.
You will generally work with people of all ages and backgrounds, including young children with autism, military veterans with physical disabilities and recovering alcoholics.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
Rehabilitation counsellors generally need a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling or a related subject. Courses often include an internship which will allow you to gain real-world experience in the role.
You’ll generally need a licence from your respective state licensing board, which typically demands a master’s degree, up to 4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience and passing a state-recognised exam. To maintain accreditation, you might need to complete annual continuing education credits.
There is plenty of room for career advancement for rehabilitation counsellors. Indeed, with experience, you could progress to a director, coordinator or executive role.