Use your ability to connect with people to make a real difference by studying a rewarding counselling course.
Counsellors work closely with clients to provide information on social, environmental and educational issues, helping clients to identify and work through issues in their lives, careers and relationships.
Counsellors may work in a variety of industries, including working in school counselling, drug and alcohol counselling, rehabilitation counselling and relationship counselling. As such, the nature of your work and the issues you discuss with clients will vary, depending on your role. However, you can generally expect to perform tasks like:
After completing a counselling course, you’ll be qualified to seek employment in a range of roles that involve advising, counselling and coaching people. You may work as a:
You’ll find working in counselling rewarding and enjoyable if you:
According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook, counselling is a medium-sized but growing industry in Australia. Job Outlook reports that job opportunities in the sector have increased steadily over the last decade, and predicts that this trend will continue until at least 2020. Currently, approximately 20,700 people are employed as counsellors in Australia, and Job Outlook reports this will increase to approximately 25,500 people by 2020.
According to PayScale, counsellors working in a school setting can expect to earn between $43,000 and $75,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $66,000. PayScale notes a moderate positive relationship between experience and earning capacity for the first 10 years of a counsellor’s career, but observes that additional earning capacity flattens out. More than 85 per cent of the counselling profession has fewer than 20 years of work experience, indicating that people generally progress from working as counsellors to working in other roles within the counselling, health and social assistance sectors.