Professional Positions for Master of Counseling Graduates
Erica M. Hernandez
University of Phoenix
Graduates with a Master’s degree in Counseling can look forward to an array of job opportunities within the field. The demand for skilled professionals in this field is vastly growing due in part to the ever-changing needs of the community. The economy and loss of jobs has caused a major constraint on individuals and their families to the point that support from counseling professionals are highly needed. There are different areas that Counseling graduates are able to meet the needs of our community. The following is a brief summary of those positions and the settings in which counselors may work in.
Counselors are able to work in different areas and settings depending their own interests and area of expertise. For those who are interested in working in a school setting surrounded by children, School Counseling would be their area of concentration. These professionals work with students in diverse areas helping them in the areas of “academic achievement, personal/social development and career development” (ASCA, 2009). School Counselors may work in Elementary, Middle/Junior and High School, to include Post-secondary School. They also work collaboratively with other school professionals to ensure the needs of the student body are being met. School Counselors may also work in a college setting as Academic and or Guidance Counselors, with this group of students the needs are much different since the counselor is there to offer academic assistance and guidance for college-age students (ONET, 2009). For those that are interested in working with the disabled, their area of concentration and interest would be rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Counselors are professionals that “counsel people with disabilities resulting from birth defects, illness or disease, accidents, or other causes” (OOH,...