What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer

 

Area:

Mental Health

Sub-Area:

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Program Planning
  • Administration

Employers:

  • Residential treatment facilities
  • In/Outpatient psychiatric care units
  • Mobile crisis units
  • Hospitals
  • Behavioral health programs
  • Social service agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Religious and pastoral organizations
  • Hospices
  • Child guidance clinics
  • Family planning centers
  • Adult service programs
  • Group homes
  • Public and private schools
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies including:
    • Armed Forces
    • Department of Child and Family Services
    • Department of Corrections
    • Department of Human Services
    • Department of Mental Health
    • Department of Justice
    • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Private or group practices
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

Area:

Marriage and Family Therapy

Sub-Area:

  • Pre-marital Counseling
  • Couples' Counseling
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Sexual Counseling
  • Child/Spousal Abuse Counseling

Employers:

  • Private or group practice
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • Religious and pastoral organizations
  • Hospitals

Area:

School Counseling

Sub-Area:

  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College/Career Planning
  • Student Services

Employers:

  • Public and private schools, K-12
  • Departments of Education

Area:

School Education

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • Administration
  • Student Support Services
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation

Employers:

  • Colleges and universities:
    • Academic departments
    • Student affairs units
    • Research centers
    • Counseling centers

Area:

Career Counseling

Sub-Area:

  • Individual and/or Group Counseling
  • Assessment
  • Career Planning
  • Job Searching
  • Employee Evaluation
  • Program Development
  • Out Placement

Employers:

  • Large corporations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Vocational schools
  • Government agencies including:
    • Armed forces
    • One Stop Career Centers
    • Employment offices
  • Career development centers
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
  • Private practice

Area:

Rehabilitation

Sub-Area:

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Vocational Counseling
  • Assessment
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs
  • Correctional facilities
  • Probation services
  • Group homes
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Senior centers
  • Adult service programs
  • Therapeutic recreation centers
  • College/university disabilities offices
  • State and federal government including:
    • Department of Social Services
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies
    • Veterans Affairs

Area:

Substance Abuse

Sub-Area:

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Behavioral Disorders Counseling
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Assessment

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs
  • Vocational rehabilitation agencies
  • Correctional facilities
  • Probation services
  • Group homes
  • Community mental health organizations
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies

Area:

Social Services

Sub-Area:

  • Case Management
  • Program Development
  • Community Education
  • Administration
  • Advocacy
  • Community Relations
  • Mental Health Services
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Research
  • Grant Writing

Employers:

  • Child guidance clinics
  • Correctional facilities
  • Consulting firms
  • Non-profit and social service organizations
  • Research organizations
  • Hospitals: military, psychiatric, VA, or general
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Federal, state, and local government including:
    • Department of Child and Family Services
    • Department of Corrections
    • Department of Human Services
    • Department of Justice
    • Department of Mental Health
    • Department of Veterans Affairs

General Information and Strategies

  • Many undergraduate majors serve as good preparation to enter counseling professions. Sometimes even seemingly unrelated majors, such as communication studies, can work. If pursuing a graduate degree, some programs require certain undergraduate coursework while other programs are open to any undergraduate degree. Research requirements at schools of interest.
  • Graduate entrance exams are required for entry into a master's or PhD program. Though most will require only the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), some may also require the GRE in Psychology.
  • Graduate programs should be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in order to ensure a smooth transition towards licensure or certification.
  • Most counseling PhD programs require a master's degree in counseling or a related field and/or several years of experience for admission. However, many programs accept, if not require, bachelor's level applicants.
  • Many counseling positions require credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in order to provide services or to go into private or group practice. Licensure can require an additional 2-3 years of supervised experience after graduation depending upon state requirements.
  • Additional credentials may be required for specialized fields such as Marriage and Family Therapy, Career Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, or School Counseling. Refer to the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and state licensure requirements to determine which credentials are needed.
  • Employment opportunities are expected to grow in each of the counseling areas due to changing legislation, expansion of services, increasing student enrollment, improved reimbursement from managed care companies, and decreased stigma surrounding seeking professional help.
  • It is important to join and utilize professional organizations such as the American Counseling Association throughout your studies, as well as when looking for employment. These organizations often advertise grants, promote networking, advocate for students and professionals, and provide resources and important information regarding professional issues.

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