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Employment Counsellors

What they do?

Employment counsellors perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Interview clients to obtain employment history, educational background and career goals

B. Identify barriers to employment and assist clients with such matters as job readiness skills, job search strategies, and preparing for job interviews

C. Advise employers on human resource and other employment-related issues

D. Administer and interpret tests designed to determine the interests, aptitudes and abilities of clients

E. Assess need for assistance such as rehabilitation, financial aid or further vocational training and refer clients to the appropriate services

F. Provide established workers with information on maintaining a job or moving within an organization, dealing with job dissatisfaction or making a mid-career change

G. Collect labour market information for clients regarding job openings, entry and skill requirements and other occupational information

Where they find work?

1. Public administration - 27.0%
2. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 24.0%
3. Health care and social assistance - 22.0%
4. Educational services - 11.0%

What education do I need?

1. You usually need a bachelor's degree or college diploma in a related field such as psychology, social services or education.

2. However, completion of high school, plus several years' experience in counselling-related services or in a helping profession, may substitute for formal training.

3. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor or to a position in personnel or training.

4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma and almost 3 in 10 have an undergraduate university degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English
2. Social Studies
3. A Second Language

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Employment Counsellors is $20.58/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the social science, education, government service and religion and are close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Employment Counsellors wages

Expected Wage by Age

Employment Counsellors Wage By Age


3% of Employment Counsellors are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.


Employment Counsellors Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Employment Counsellors Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Employment Counsellors is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($20.58) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is above average.

3. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average because workers will need help finding or changing jobs. However, new technologies in employment centres may replace some counsellors.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Employment Counsellors are found in Quebec and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (39%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Communication skills

2. Client/customer needs assessment

3. Facilitation skills

Part Time Workers

Employment Counsellors Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

8% of Employment Counsellors are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 13,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 3% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Employment Counsellors Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average influenced by a similar-to-average retirement age (62).

Self Employed

Employment Counsellors Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 7% of Employment Counsellors are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Employment Counsellors Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

71% of the individuals employed as Employment Counsellors are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.