I remember back to when I made the decision to pursue counseling degrees.
That moment was a watershed in my life. Nothing has been the same since, and while there have been personal and professional struggles across the ensuing 20 plus years, my Masters counseling diploma has been a reminder of what I can accomplish.
In 1991, however, there were no online counseling degrees available.
Online meant something entirely different then than it does now. Back then, Google was not yet born for example, and universities were just beginning to experiment with distance learning. None of my class rooms had computers in them, and when I began my graduate school adventure, I did not know how to use a computer, and was actually proud of that.
Now I am earning my living online, and perhaps will provide for my children's college education through an online business.
But now, undergraduate and graduate counseling degrees can be earned online from the comfort of your home, at your pace, while your kids are taking naps.
I can only imagine where technology will take us in the future. Perhaps we will do virtual practicuum and internships.
What Are The Job Prospects?
What is the salary and job outlook for counselors?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual earnings of various types of counselors in May 2006 were as follows:
* Educational, vocational, and school counselors: $47,530
* Marriage and family therapists: $43,210
* Mental health counselors: $34,380
* Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors: $34,040
* Rehabilitation counselors: $29,200
Note that self-employed counselors in private practice and those involved in group practices tend to have the highest earnings.
Just remember that those self-employed folks need to be licensed, and work with insurance companies as well.
It is not yet clear how President Obama's recently passed Health Care Bill will impact the counseling field and insurance compensation.
I am guessing here, but millions of uninsured Americans are now going to have health insurance and may want counseling.
Regarding job outlook, the BLS expects about 21% overall growth in counseling through 2016, which is “much faster than the average” for all occupations, but the increased opportunities will vary greatly by specialty. The fastest growing type of counseling is expected to be in the substance abuse and behavioral disorder fields at 34%. Educational, vocational, and school counseling and rehabilitation counseling are also expected to have a good number of available positions.
If you’re interested in a career in counseling, now is a great time to start looking at online counseling degrees and get in on one of the fastest growing professions in the country.
Counseling Degree Specialties
Counselors specialize in many areas, including:
* Gerontological Counseling
* Domestic Violence Counseling
* Behavioral Disorder Counseling
* Community Counseling
* Educational Counseling * Marriage and Family Counseling * Mental Health Counseling
* Pastoral Counseling * Rehabilitation Counseling * School Counseling
* Substance Abuse Counseling
* Vocational, Career, and Guidance Counseling
* Online Counseling
You definitely do not need to send off for catalogs anymore, or write out applications, and wait for a University to reply. While I haven't looked recently, my guess is that you can probably apply to schools online now.
Would You Share What You Are Most Grateful For?
Very early in my personal growth experience, a wise person taught me to use the phrase "gratitude is the attitude" when I was resentful or afraid and that phrase has helped me feel better tens of thousands of times.