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Career counsellor

What is it like to be a Career counsellor? 

Career counsellors assist their clients with career planning, decision-making, and managing career changes, transitions, crises, and challenges.

As a career counsellor, you will help clients to explore a range of influences on their careers, such as interests, skills, abilities, personality, the labour market, socio-economic status, significant others, geographic location, and workplace factors.

Career counsellors may work in a private practice, at an educational institution, such as a school, TAFE, or university, in human resources, or in other organisations, such as employment services.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. This data is reflective of employment levels for counsellors. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment Survey, August 2015.

Is it right for me?

As a career counsellor, you will have a genuine desire to help people and be perceptive, ethical, and understanding in your approach. You’ll also possess the following attributes:

  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Ability to analyse and interpret information
  • Empathetic
  • Planning and organisational skills

Which degree?

Which pathway is best for you is individual in nature. Contact a career counsellor to explore these options further.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling), Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Master of Counselling meet the training requirements towards eligibility for registration on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).

The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as providing the first three years of the necessary requirements for full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the first three years of the necessary requirements for full registration as a psychologist in Queensland. Full registration as a psychologist requires an Honours year plus two years of supervised practice or an Honours year plus a Masters or Doctorate degree.


Explore your career options!

Are you good at understanding people and situations? Do you enjoy helping others?