A Counselor is a personwho gives an advice to other people’s regarding their problems. So, the counselor is also known as an adviser. The specialty of counselor is that they have a desire to help others with trust, respect and confidence and the ability to generate the same trust and respect in the person’s mind.

The Counselor Job Description would help us to understand the requirements of getting into this field of work. The counselors would be found to be working with large scale industries, companies both in public as well as in the private sector. Job as a counselor is not an easy task, because as a counselor you must have to keep all the points in the mind regarding the subject on which they have to give the advice to the person as this advice from a counselor can be very crucial for that person.

The work of counselors depends on the specific field they are specialized in. The counselor can be of many types like an educational counselor, health counselor, law counselor, sports counselor, etc. So, the work of the counselor depends according to their field. Many counselors work in an office where they see clients throughout the day and charge them according to their needs.

Qualification and Skills Required

Educational Qualification: To be counselor one must have excellent education qualification like a master’s degree is must needed to become a licensed counselor or to be certified as a counselor. Firstly bachelor’s degree is must in that specific field securing good marks and then a master’s degree should be needed only in that specific field.

Other requirements:  The requirement for becoming the counselor is that one should have the certification or must be licensed in that field. For becoming a good counselor one must have experience of 3 to 5 years in that field and the ability to generate respect, trust and confidence in the mind of the person. A counselor must have good communication skills and good interaction skills and must have personal values to talk about them so that they can generate respect and trust in the mind of the person to whom they are giving advice.

Skills required for these counselors:

Below given are the skills which are required to become a good counselor:

  • To be a counselor one should have the master’s degree in that specific field.
  • The counselor also needs to be friendly, personable and approachable as they had to involve in long periods of conversation with clients or group of clients.
  • They must have the ability to generate respect, trust and confidence in the minds of clients.
  • They must have the capability to give an advice in an effective and efficient manner.
  • A counselor must have problem solving abilities, be self motivated, and organized.
  • Multi-tasking, able to handle more than one job at a time

Professional Growth:

Job prospects as a counselor are excellent. So to make a career as a counselor is a good choice for those who are having a master’s degree and had specialized knowledge in a particular field. As a counselor, their future opportunities are bright only if they are having work experience of about 3 to 5 years in a particular field. Employment for the counselor is increasing day by day and is expected to grow more in few coming years.

There has been an estimation that an 11.45% growth would be there till the year 2015 in this profession. Many counselors works in an office where they see clients throughout the day and charge them according to their needs. So, once the counselor has the experience, then he may also own their own office to give advice to clients.

Published by Sarah Samson

Sarah Samson is a professional career advisor and resume expert. She specializes in helping recent college graduates and mid-career professionals improve their resumes and format them for the modern job market. In addition, she has also been a contributor to several online publications.

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