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Rehabilitation Counselors

Also called: Job Coach, Program Specialist, Rehabilitation Counselor, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VCR)

What they do:
Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare and maintain records and case files, including documentation such as clients' personal and eligibility information, services provided, narratives of client contacts, and relevant correspondence.
  • Develop rehabilitation plans that fit clients' aptitudes, education levels, physical abilities, and career goals.
  • Monitor and record clients' progress to ensure that goals and objectives are met.

Knowledge

Health
  • therapy and counseling
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Social Orientation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Netscape Navigator
Medical software
  • Chart Links software
  • Client information database software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$33,880
per year, on average
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