Rehabilitation counselors provide counseling and guidance services to people with disabilities to help them resolve life problems and to train for and locate work that is suitable to their physical and mental abilities, interests, and aptitudes. There are approximately 120,200 rehabilitation counselors working in the United States.
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The U.S. Department of Labor reports that median annual earnings of rehabilitation counselors were $35,950 in May 2019. Salaries ranged from less than $23,820 to more than $63,790.
Rehabilitation counselors employed by the federal government generally start at the GS-9 or GS-11 level. In 2020, basic GS-9 salary was $45,627. Those with master's degrees generally began at the GS-11 level, ...
Rehabilitation counselors work approximately 40 hours each week and do not usually have to work during evenings or weekends. They work both in the office and in the field. Depending on the type of training required, lab space and workout or therapy rooms may be available. Rehabilitation counselors must usually keep detailed accounts of their progress with clients and write reports. They may spe...
The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 increased the demand for rehabilitation counselors. As more local, state, and federal programs are initiated that are designed to assist people with disabilities and as private institutions and companies seek to comply with this new legislation, job prospects are promising. Budget pressures may serve to limit the number of new rehabilit...