The job prospects for counsellors has reached a new all-time high. Over the past five years employment in this sector increased by 57.1% to 30 000 (compared to growth of 10.9% for all occupations). More than half of workers (64.5%) are employed full-time. Employment growth over the next five years is expected to grow very strongly (3.2% per annum compared to 1.8% for all occupations).
The demand for counsellors in society enables you to assist those who need assistance via community-based counselling organisations or even by setting up your very own practice which is what most graduates aim to do.What exactly is a counsellor?
Counsellors consult with people to develop rehabilitation plans taking account of vocational, social, medical and psychological needs. Counsellors provide information and guidance on vocational, relationship, social (drug use, employment, ethical issues etc) and educational difficulties and issues, and work with people to help them to identify and define their emotional issues through the use of therapeutic models.
Graduates find that their new knowledge and skills makes them suitable for positions in: Counselling (eg. family counselling, grief counselling, conflict resolution, education counselling etc), welfare and social work, education, sports coaching, life coaching, personal training, rehabilitation and health care, mental illness, marketing and sales, industrial relations and management.
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