Rehabilitation Counselors


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+10.3% (faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's degree


What Rehabilitation Counselors Do

Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, aging, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.

Other Job Titles Rehabilitation Counselors May Have

Employment Advisor, Employment Services Case Manager, Employment Specialist, Human Services Care Specialist, Job Coach, Rehabilitation Counselor, Rehabilitation Specialist, Vocational Case Manager, Vocational Placement Specialist, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Job Specialist ,

Friends Outside LA

I provide career counseling and job seeker services to formerly incarcerated individuals. My duties include identifying individual's values, develop possible career paths, referrals to supportive services, employer services, career coaching, job search and classroom instruction, and regular follow-up in executing client's individual employment plan. I facilitate customer access to supportive services, social services, training, education, and employment services, as well as job search mechanics.

Director ,

Center for Social and Executive Function

I spend my days working with kids and adults and teaching them executive function strategies and social thinking skills. The perfect day would include me hearing that what I taught someone helped them make a friend, get a job or helped them to be more socially competent.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Prepare and maintain records and case files, including documentation, such as clients' personal and eligibility information, services provided, narratives of client contacts, or relevant correspondence.
  • Confer with clients to discuss their options and goals so that rehabilitation programs and plans for accessing needed services can be developed.
  • Develop rehabilitation plans that fit clients' aptitudes, education levels, physical abilities, and career goals.
  • Locate barriers to client employment, such as inaccessible work sites, inflexible schedules, or transportation problems, and work with clients to develop strategies for overcoming these barriers.
  • Monitor and record clients' progress to ensure that goals and objectives are met.

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