Rehabilitation Counselor

Help patients recover from physical or emotional injury.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Rehabilitation Counselors do?

A Rehabilitation Counselor rehabilitates patients who have disabilities, injuries, and illnesses — including emotional, mental, and physical conditions — that typically are the result of physical or emotional trauma. You see, though the human body is remarkable, it has its breaking point. When you cut it, bruise it, burn it, bump it, or even break it, it pops right back up like an inflatable punching bag, recuperating, rebounding, and regenerating. As resilient as it is, however, the human body — and the human spirit, too — can use a little help every now and then.

As a Rehabilitation Counselor, you provide that help as an employee of a rehabilitation center, medical facility, or school. When those emotional, mental, or physical conditions hold your patients back, it’s your job to move them forward, physically, socially, and vocationally.

To accomplish that, you help people overcome and obliterate obstacles. Usually, that means evaluating patients, then developing and executing long-term treatment plans that may include medical care, physical therapy, emotional counseling, and occupational training, among other things.

In collaboration with Doctors, Psychologists, and TherapistsPhysical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists — you create and manage plans that are designed to help hurt patients heal so they can lead happy, productive, and independent lives — at work, as part of the workforce, and at home, as individuals and family members. In addition to counseling, the services you offer as a Rehabilitation Counselor therefore include education, advocacy, vocational training, and job placement.

Think of your patients like wilted and withering plants. You’re a watering can, in charge of hydrating them so they can grow again.


Should I be a Rehabilitation Counselor?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Social: You're happiest working on teams or with other people.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Director of Rehabilitation, EIA, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor, QMRP See More

    How to become a Rehabilitation Counselor

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