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Rehabilitation Counseling

312 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
853 Master's Degrees Annually
#57 in Popularity
$39,930 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Rehabilitation Counseling Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many vocational rehabilitation counseling/counselor graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 853
Bachelor’s Degree 312
Graduate Certificate 47
Doctor’s Degree 20

What Rehabilitation Counseling Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to vocational rehabilitation counseling were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Majors

When studying vocational rehabilitation counseling, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Majors

As you progress with your vocational rehabilitation counseling degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Rehabilitation Counseling Major?

People with a vocational rehabilitation counseling degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Rehabilitation Counselors 12.7% $35,630

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling?

312 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
82% Percent Women
51% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 82% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of vocational rehabilitation counseling majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 12
Black or African American 58
Hispanic or Latino 82
White 142
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 12

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. About 1.9% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Rehabilitation Counseling Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $39,930 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to vocational rehabilitation counseling. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Rehabilitation Counseling Major  ( 39930 to 122320 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with vocational rehabilitation counseling require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to vocational rehabilitation counseling have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 9.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 21.6%
Master’s Degree 45.1%
Doctoral Degree 9.0%
Post-Doctoral Training 7.7%

Online Rehabilitation Counseling Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 75 schools offered some type of vocational rehabilitation counseling/counselor program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 1 0
Bachelor’s Degree 12 5
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 65 18
Post-Master’s 9 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 7 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Worth It?

The median salary for a vocational rehabilitation counseling grad is $39,930 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 0% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to vocational rehabilitation counseling.

Major Number of Grads
Physical Therapy/Therapist 12,865
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 9,142
Rehabilitation Science 1,164
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 1,079
Other Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 1,062
Art Therapy/Therapist 711
Music Therapy 655
Orthotist/Prosthetist 333
Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist 144
Assistive/Augmentative Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering 104
Dance Therapy/Therapist 37
Animal-Assisted Therapy 31

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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