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Rehabilitation Counselors

Rehabilitation counselors help people with disabilities cope with personal, vocational and social problems that are associated with their disability. They assist individuals that have physical and emotional disabilities. Rehabilitation counselors make arrangements for medical care, job placement and vocational training. They prepare and implement individual rehabilitation programs for their clients. A rehabilitation counselor may coordinate the activities for individuals living in care and treatment facilities.

Some sample job titles are vocational rehabilitation counselor, human services care specialist, rehabilitation specialist, vocational services specialist, vocational counselor, employment instructional associate and work counselor.

Responsibilities

  • Interview clients and evaluate their situation, problems and capabilities to determine the appropriate services
  • Refer clients to community resources
  • Help clients cope with their problems
  • Prepare reports and maintain case history records
  • Observe and record their clients' progress to make sure that objectives are met
  • Consult with clients and discuss their objectives and option in order to develop rehabilitation programs and plans for accessing appropriate services
  • Prepare rehabilitation plans that fit clients' education level, aptitude, career objectives and physical abilities
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community referral sources such as community groups and schools

Job Characteristics

They typically work 40 hours per week. A rehabilitation counselor should have a strong desire to help others. Good interpersonal and communication skills are important for the occupation.

Employment Outlook

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Some employers prefer candidates that have a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation services, psychology, counseling or related subjects. However, many employers require candidates to have a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, counseling psychology or counseling and guidance.

The Council on Rehabilitation Education accredits graduate programs. A number of employers require rehabilitation counselors be certified. Standards have been set by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Most states require rehabilitation counselors pass a written examination and work for a specific number of supervised hours in order to acquire the licensing necessary to work independently in the field. Some states require rehabilitation counselors obtain certification in addition to licensure. Certification is provided by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employers are state government agencies, local government agencies and colleges.

Schools for Rehabilitation Counselors are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Rehabilitation Counselors

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Rehabilitation Counselors jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 240 $34,120
Birmingham 240 $34,120
Mobile 150 $30,880
Montgomery 130 $36,800
Tuscaloosa 80 $28,290
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 200 $58,250
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 420 $32,120
Mesa 420 $32,120
Phoenix 420 $32,120
Tucson 130 $37,520
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 120 $38,060
North Little Rock 120 $38,060
Little Rock 120 $38,060
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 3690 $28,260
Los Angeles 3690 $28,260
Anaheim 3690 $28,260
Hayward 1840 $36,490
Oakland 1840 $36,490
San Francisco 1840 $36,490
Ontario 1250 $24,490
San Bernardino 1250 $24,490
Riverside 1250 $24,490
Carlsbad 1150 $28,610
San Diego 1150 $28,610
Arcade 760 $42,860
Arden 760 $42,860
Sacramento 760 $42,860
Roseville 760 $42,860
Santa Clara 610 $38,150
Sunnyvale 610 $38,150
San Jose 610 $38,150
Fresno 310 $30,410
Bakersfield 280 $23,530
Santa Barbara 250 $34,380
Santa Maria 250 $34,380
Modesto 140 $23,280
Visalia 110 $35,090
Porterville 110 $35,090
Chico 110 $37,630
Fairfield 100 $43,120
Vallejo 100 $43,120
Thousand Oaks 90 $30,220
Oxnard 90 $30,220
Ventura 90 $30,220
Watsonville 80 $28,360
Santa Cruz 80 $28,360
Napa 70 $26,690
Salinas 60 $30,090
Merced 40 N/A
Stockton 40 $38,570
Lodi 40 $38,570
Redding N/A $33,220
Santa Rosa N/A $46,400
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Denver 740 $37,410
Aurora 740 $37,410
Lakewood 740 $37,410
Colorado Springs 110 $29,680
Fort Collins 40 $47,300
Boulder 30 $44,720
Grand Junction N/A $32,150
Greeley N/A $40,600
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 920 $38,880
East Hartford 920 $38,880
West Hartford 920 $38,880
Bridgeport 560 $39,390
Norwalk 560 $39,390
Stamford 560 $39,390
New Haven 340 $67,640
Danbury 40 $49,890
Waterbury N/A $30,060
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 80 $39,740
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 890 $34,590
Fort Lauderdale 890 $34,590
West Palm Beach 890 $34,590
Clearwater 320 $36,340
Tampa 320 $36,340
St. Petersburg 320 $36,340
Kissimmee 190 $34,420
Sanford 190 $34,420
Orlando 190 $34,420
Jacksonville 170 $33,950
Brent 130 $31,440
Ferry Pass 130 $31,440
Pensacola 130 $31,440
North Port 110 $37,250
Sarasota 110 $37,250
Bradenton 110 $37,250
Crestview 100 $26,090
Fort Walton Beach 100 $26,090
Destin 100 $26,090
Tallahassee 80 $39,360
Ormond Beach 70 $34,500
Daytona Beach 70 $34,500
Deltona 70 $34,500
Port St. Lucie 60 $33,010
Lakeland 50 $35,680
Winter Haven 50 $35,680
Gainesville 40 $39,140
Panama City 40 $41,150
Cape Coral N/A $35,130
Fort Myers N/A $35,130
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 500 $42,050
Sandy Springs 500 $42,050
Atlanta 500 $42,050
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 160 $34,190
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 990 $33,780
Pocatello 240 $38,970
Coeur d'Alene 170 $41,210
Idaho Falls 160 $37,120
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Kankakee 180 $26,160
Rockford 170 N/A
Urbana 130 $35,620
Champaign 130 $35,620
Springfield 80 $33,330
Marion 50 $39,970
Carbondale 50 $39,970
Peoria N/A $35,980
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 310 $37,990
Carmel 310 $37,990
Indianapolis 310 $37,990
Fort Wayne 30 $32,970
West Lafayette N/A $29,120
Lafayette N/A $29,120
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 320 $39,890
West Des Moines 320 $39,890
Dubuque 260 $26,300
Cedar Rapids 150 $37,330
Iowa City 130 $24,170
Cedar Falls N/A $51,820
Waterloo N/A $51,820
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 140 $23,620
Manhattan 80 $24,250
Topeka 80 $35,900
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 90 $39,560
Lexington 90 $39,560
Bowling Green 70 $34,530
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 210 $45,240
Metairie 210 $45,240
Baton Rouge 120 N/A
Shreveport 90 $52,870
Bossier City 90 $52,870
Lake Charles 50 $36,350
Monroe 30 $39,720
Lafayette 30 $42,550
Alexandria 30 $42,650
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 320 $37,740
South Portland 320 $37,740
Bangor 110 $37,030
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 960 $29,720
Columbia 960 $29,720
Baltimore 960 $29,720
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 110 $33,940
Gardner 100 $29,590
Leominster 100 $29,590
Barnstable Town 80 $53,700
Pittsfield N/A $29,570
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 1320 $32,770
Detroit 1320 $32,770
Dearborn 1320 $32,770
Grand Rapids 280 $37,030
Wyoming 280 $37,030
Flint 150 $38,480
East Lansing 120 $50,240
Lansing 120 $50,240
Jackson 60 $43,760
Muskegon 50 $54,820
Portage 50 $63,350
Kalamazoo 50 $63,350
Midland N/A $36,050
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 80 $39,890
Rochester 70 $35,910
North Mankato 70 $45,540
Mankato 70 $45,540
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 130 $38,270
Pascagoula 50 $24,320
Biloxi 50 $24,320
Gulfport 50 $24,320
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 170 $34,990
Jefferson City 140 $31,050
Columbia N/A $31,050
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 110 $29,490
Missoula 70 $36,300
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 120 $38,820
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 200 $37,490
Henderson 200 $37,490
Las Vegas 200 $37,490
Reno 60 $44,950
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 90 $69,160
Hammonton 60 $38,940
Atlantic City 60 $38,940
Bridgeton 30 $27,830
Vineland 30 $27,830
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 270 $24,150
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 600 $33,930
Albany 440 $28,820
Troy 440 $28,820
Schenectady 440 $28,820
Cheektowaga 370 $32,040
Niagara Falls 370 $32,040
Buffalo 370 $32,040
Syracuse 180 $33,740
Utica 120 $50,490
Rome 120 $50,490
Glens Falls 70 $35,350
Binghamton 60 $33,610
Elmira 50 $26,900
Kingston N/A $33,740
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lenoir 270 $20,210
Hickory 270 $20,210
Morganton 270 $20,210
High Point 270 $23,860
Greensboro 270 $23,860
Raleigh 180 $38,790
Winston 160 $38,220
Salem 160 $38,220
Chapel Hill 150 $42,830
Durham 150 $42,830
Goldsboro 140 $19,270
Greenville 120 $34,990
Asheville 110 $30,130
Wilmington 60 N/A
Rocky Mount 60 $43,350
Jacksonville 40 $42,980
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 780 $40,510
Elyria 780 $40,510
Columbus 610 $38,210
Akron 370 $35,980
Dayton 300 $38,530
Toledo 290 $30,260
Massillon 140 $27,280
Canton 140 $27,280
Springfield N/A $38,630
Lima N/A $39,390
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 810 $28,860
Tulsa 440 $33,270
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 200 $30,590
Salem 200 $51,350
Medford 140 $33,120
Bend 70 $28,240
Redmond 70 $28,240
Corvallis N/A $28,540
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1450 $29,840
Harrisburg 290 $48,130
Carlisle 290 $48,130
Scranton 280 $38,750
Wilkes 280 $38,750
Hazleton 280 $38,750
Barre 280 $38,750
Reading 190 $46,710
Lancaster 180 $33,920
Erie 150 $33,190
York 140 $30,170
Hanover 140 $30,170
Johnstown 120 $54,920
Altoona 90 $29,620
Williamsport 80 $26,710
Lebanon 50 $34,990
Chambersburg 40 $37,740
Waynesboro 40 $37,740
Berwick 40 $43,770
Bloomsburg 40 $43,770
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas N/A $30,580
Carolina N/A $30,580
San Juan N/A $30,580
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 170 $33,020
Mauldin 170 $33,020
Greenville 170 $33,020
Columbia 160 $23,740
Florence 70 N/A
North Charleston 40 $35,960
Charleston 40 $35,960
Hilton Head Island N/A $29,650
Bluffton N/A $29,650
Beaufort N/A $29,650
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 180 $39,300
Sioux Falls 120 $48,370
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 870 $18,310
Franklin 870 $18,310
Davidson 870 $18,310
Nashville 870 $18,310
Knoxville 340 $19,410
Jackson N/A $18,630
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 990 $41,980
Dallas 990 $41,980
Fort Worth 990 $41,980
Sugar Land 980 $40,520
The Woodlands 980 $40,520
Houston 980 $40,520
New Braunfels 440 $38,610
San Antonio 440 $38,610
El Paso 250 $29,850
Port Arthur 130 N/A
Beaumont 130 N/A
McAllen 90 $36,340
Edinburg 90 $36,340
Mission 90 $36,340
Lubbock 60 $38,990
Harlingen 50 $37,070
Brownsville 50 $37,070
Tyler 50 $40,830
Waco 30 $36,230
Corpus Christi 30 $39,790
Abilene N/A $24,080
Midland N/A $38,060
Amarillo N/A $40,300
Killeen N/A $45,130
Temple N/A $45,130
Austin N/A $49,630
Round Rock N/A $49,630
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 220 $47,160
Clearfield 90 $45,150
Ogden 90 $45,150
Provo 60 $38,690
Orem 60 $38,690
St. George 40 $44,130
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 770 $37,480
Roanoke 150 $36,400
Charlottesville 90 $34,820
Lynchburg 60 $34,750
Harrisonburg 50 $30,150
Waynesboro 50 $46,880
Staunton 50 $46,880
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 3520 $35,770
Tacoma 3520 $35,770
Bellevue 3520 $35,770
Spokane 770 $35,440
Spokane Valley 770 $35,440
Yakima 310 $36,340
Bremerton 190 $31,940
Silverdale 190 $31,940
Tumwater 120 $39,120
Olympia 120 $39,120
Bellingham 80 $52,460
Longview 60 $43,600
Anacortes N/A $36,180
Mount Vernon N/A $36,180
Kennewick N/A $52,450
Richland N/A $52,450
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 160 $36,820
Morgantown 90 $38,600
Beckley 30 $37,560
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 430 $30,270
Waukesha 430 $30,270
Milwaukee 430 $30,270
Madison 190 $38,350
Neenah 50 $38,420
Oshkosh 50 $38,420
Racine 40 $38,540
Appleton N/A $25,680
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Casper 70 $24,350
Cheyenne 40 $34,110

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Rehabilitation Counselors

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Social Service 49,150 43% $28,820
Nursing And Residential Care 25,640 22% $26,550
Government 23,440 20% $43,430
Medical Office 6,310 5% $31,040
Hospital 2,930 2% $42,310
Business Management 1,320 1% $29,470
Non-profit 1,270 1% $30,280
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