Counseling Psychologists
SOC: 19-3031.03


Assess and evaluate individuals' problems through the use of case history, interview, and observation and provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
155,300 employed

Projected (2024):
185,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Applied Behavior Science Specialist (ABSS)
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Behavior Therapist
  • Behavioral Analyst
  • Behavioral Specialist
  • Behavioral Therapist
  • Chemical Dependency Therapist
  • Child Custody Evaluator
  • Child Psychologist
  • Clinical Counselor
  • College Counselor
  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Counseling Services Director
  • Counseling Specialist
  • Counselor
  • Elder Counselor
  • Family Psychologist
  • Group Counselor
  • Healthcare Science Specialist
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (Business Owner and Counselor)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Personal Counselor
  • Program Counselor/Recovery Management Co-Coordinator
  • Psychologist
  • Psychologist/Psychoanalyst Private Practice
  • Psychotherapist
  • Psychotherapist-Counselor
  • Senior Staff Psychologist
  • Senior Staff Psychologist, Counseling Service
  • Sexual Assault Counselor
  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
  • Staff Psychologist
  • Staff Psychologist and Assessment Coordinator
  • Staff Psychologist at University Counseling Center
  • Therapist
  • University Counselor

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods.
  • Develop therapeutic and treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, and needs.
  • Analyze data such as interview notes, test results, and reference manuals to identify symptoms and to diagnose the nature of clients' problems.
  • Advise clients on how they could be helped by counseling.
  • Evaluate the results of counseling methods to determine the reliability and validity of treatments.
  • Refer clients to specialists or to other institutions for noncounseling treatment of problems.
  • Select, administer, and interpret psychological tests to assess intelligence, aptitudes, abilities, or interests.
  • Conduct research to develop or improve diagnostic or therapeutic counseling techniques.
  • Document patient information including session notes, progress notes, recommendations, and treatment plans.
  • Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, deal with crisis situations, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.
  • Supervise interns, clinicians in training, and other counselors.
  • Consult with other professionals, agencies, or universities to discuss therapies, treatments, counseling resources or techniques, and to share occupational information.
  • Provide consulting services, including educational programs, outreach programs, and prevention talks to schools, social service agencies, businesses, and the general public.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Biofeedback equipment
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Addison Health Systems WritePad
  • Anasazi Software Client Data System
  • Athena Software Penelope Case Management
  • B Sharp Technologies B Care
  • BlackHawk Canyon Publishers PracticianWorks
  • Blueberry Harbor Software Clinical Record Keeper
  • Bluewater Management Systems BMCASE
  • BRB Software HorizonMIS
  • Clinivate Clinitrak
  • Comprehensive Affect Testing System CATS
  • Core Solutions Care Enterprise
  • DocuTrac QuicDoc
  • Fagerman Technologies MedLook
  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Health Care Software HCS INTERACTANT software
  • ICANotes
  • JTL Enterprises MedIntake
  • Mdansby The PsychReport
  • MedEZ
  • Medical Outcome Systems eMINI Software Suite
  • Medicine Rules PowerSEAT 360
  • MICA Information Systems MICA-MED Practice Manager
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • MPMsoft billing software
  • MS*Health Software/CMHC
  • My Clients Plus
  • Neuro Innovations Therapist's Toolkit
  • Neurobehavioral Systems Presentation
  • Noldus Information Technology The Observer
  • O*NET OnLine
  • Office Management Systems Mental Health Office All-in-One
  • Polaris Health Directions Polaris-MH
  • Practice Management Technologies Visual Private Office
  • PsychAssistant
  • PsychNotesEMR
  • Psyquel
  • PsyTech Solutions Epitomax
  • Serenic Navigator CommunityCare
  • Sigmund Software Sigmund
  • SpectraSoft AppointmentsPRO
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Statistical software
  • Testing software
  • TheraManager
  • Thriveworks TherapyBuddy
  • Trinity Software Solutions BEACON
  • UNI/CARE Pro-Filer
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220