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Rehabilitation Counselors

Work with people to help them become more independent and employable.

Quick Facts


Below the statewide median
$18.74 / hour    Read more about wages


Below statewide average
Growth rate:  9.8%    Read more about outlook


Bachelor's degree is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Arrange physical or mental health services for clients.
  • Assist clients in handling details of daily life.
  • Refer individuals to educational or work programs.
  • Develop working relationships with others to facilitate program activities.
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Job Title Examples:

Case Manager
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC)
Human Services Care Specialist

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Wages & Outlook


Typical Wages

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $18.74
Statewide median: $21.49


This career pays below the statewide median wage.

Wages for Rehabilitation Counselors *

Area Low Median High
$13.67 $17.46 $23.37
$15.75 $18.74 $23.20
Central Minnesota
$13.83 $17.33 $22.55
Northeast Minnesota
$15.34 $17.67 $20.02
Northwest Minnesota
$13.68 $16.56 $19.73
Southeast Minnesota
$15.09 $19.87 $25.03
Southwest Minnesota
$15.03 $18.87 $23.73
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$16.75 $19.52 $23.42

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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In Minnesota, there are 3,490 workers employed in this small career.

Where do Rehabilitation Counselors most often work?


Current Demand

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This career is currently in very high demand.


Future Demand

This career is seeing low growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 4,067 new Rehabilitation Counselors to meet market demand between 2018-2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.


Employment Outlook for Rehabilitation Counselors
Area Employment Employment Change
2018 2028 Number Percent
U S 119,700 131,500 11,800 9.8%
Minnesota 3,851 3,935 84 2.2%
Central Minnesota 332 320 -12 -3.6%
Northeast Minnesota 268 242 -26 -9.7%
Northwest Minnesota 345 322 -23 -6.7%
Southeast Minnesota 340 321 -19 -5.6%
Southwest Minnesota 496 478 -18 -3.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,075 2,223 148 7.1%

On the Job


Rehabilitation Counselors help people cope with personal, social, and work-related problems that result from illness, disease or accidents. They help people become more employable. They may coordinate activities for residential care facilities.


Typical Work Tasks

People who work in this career often:

Typical Working Conditions


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Education & Credentials


Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree


Education level attained (national data)

Education Level Attained (national data)
Education Level AttainedPercentage of workers in this occupation
Less than high school diploma1.3
High school diploma or equivalent4.8
Some college, no degree7.7
Associate degree5
Bachelors degree24.7
Masters degree51.5
Doctoral (Ph.D) or professional degree5


Work Experience and Training Requirements

Nationally, this career typically requires:

  • No related work experience for entry.
  • Little or no on-the-job training to become competent.


Current Training Opportunities

Related Programs


Related Short-Term Training (Courses)



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Transfer Options



A registered apprenticeship is a structured way of learning a skilled occupation, craft, or trade. It combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

There are no recent apprenticeships for this career.



Certifications are examinations that test or enhance your knowledge, experience or skills in an occupation or profession.

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Licenses are knowledge and skill credentials that are legally required in some careers.

This occupation requires a license.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Rehabilitation Counselor for the Blind


Helpful High School Courses

Examples of helpful classes that help you prepare for this career:

  • Child Development
  • Computer Applications
  • Cultural/Ethnic Studies
  • English Composition
  • Health Education
  • Personal Finance
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Speaking
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Sociology
  • World Languages

In Minnesota, your school may have developed a Program of Study in this career area. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your high school to help move you towards a career and college path. A Program of Study can help you:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose

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Skills & Knowledge


Most Important Skills for Rehabilitation Counselors


Most Important Knowledge Areas for Rehabilitation Counselors


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Describe Your Skills

People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.

  • Organizing, planning, and prioritizing work.
  • Helping and caring for people.
  • Creating and maintaining interpersonal relationships.
  • Collecting information from different sources.
  • Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you.
  • Communicating with people outside your organization.
  • Documenting or recording information.
  • Evaluating information to determine compliance with standards.


Careers that Use Similar Skills

The following careers use skills, knowledge, and abilities that are similar to those used for Rehabilitation Counselors.


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Tools & Technology for Rehabilitation Counselors


Computer mouse or trackballs
  • Alternative mouse options
Desktop computers
Digital telephones
  • Voice over internet protocol VoIP systems
Global positioning system GPS receiver
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
Intercom systems
  • Alternative computer keyboards
Laser fax machine
  • Laser facsimile machines
Laser printers
  • Laser pointers
Liquid crystal display projector
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
Mobile phones
  • Smartphones
Notebook computers
Personal computers
Pocket calculator
  • Handheld calculators
Special purpose telephones
  • Multi-line telephone systems
Tablet computers
Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged
  • Voice output communication aids


Accounting software
  • Budgeting software
Analytical or scientific software
  • Test interpretation software
Calendar and scheduling software
  • Fanatic Software Informant
  • Microsoft Office Outlook (Calendar)
  • Scheduling software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data input software
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Reader
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Mobile Explorer MME
  • Netscape Navigator
  • Web browser software
Medical software
  • Chart Links
  • Client information database software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
Mobile location based services software
  • Global positioning system GPS software
Mobile operator specific application software
  • Microsoft ActiveSync
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Office Mobile
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Transaction security and virus protection software
  • Encryption software
  • Virus protection software
Voice recognition software
  • Word recognition software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word

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Job Title Examples

Case Manager,  Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC),  Human Services Care Specialist,  Employment Instructional Associate (EIA),  Program Coordinator,  Rehabilitation Specialist,  Vocational Counselor,  Vocational Services Specialist,  Work Counselor 


Where Do Rehabilitation Counselors Work?

Rehabilitation Counselors often work in the following industries.


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