Rehabilitation Counselors

Also called: Employment Specialist, Job Coach, Rehabilitation Counselor

Career Cluster: Human Services
What they 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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.
KNOWLEDGE

Health
  • therapy and counseling
Math and Science
  • psychology
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
SKILLS

Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions
Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
ABILITIES

Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.

They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Persistence
  • Cooperation
TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Mobile Explorer MME
  • Web browser software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
EDUCATION


bachelor's degree or master's degree
usually needed
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JOB OUTLOOK

New job opportunities are likely in the future.

Salary:
High: $73,710.00
Median: $44,040.00
Low: $31,390.00
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