A Master of Science in Counseling Studies degree qualifies professionals to work in a non-clinical capacity in the field of health and human services. This degree enables professionals to help social workers, healthcare workers, and other professionals to provide services to people. Professionals with this degree typically work under the direction of workers from a variety of fields, such as nursing, psychiatry, psychology, or social work. Job settings typically include private practices, schools, offices, hospitals, community centers, and businesses.
To become a counseling services professional, requirements vary significantly by state. Successful students typically complete the following steps:
Professionals in the field should also consider membership with the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Membership benefits include access to quarterly issues as well as back issues of the Counselor Education and Supervision journal, discounted registration at national and regional conferences, networking opportunities, and news updates relevant to the field.
A degree in counseling studies prepares you to participate both in patient care and counseling related scholarship and policy-making. A counseling professional is typically responsible for the following job duties:
Annual salary varies within the profession based on specific type of job, location, and experience. For more on your earning potential, please visit our salary outlook for counselors page.
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