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
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%
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.
2. Social Studies
3. A Second Language
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.