We surveyed 4,220 counselors to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical counselor. Here are the results.
How much intelligence is required as a counselor?
Working as a counselor typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.
Can I learn to become a counselor?
A career as a counselor typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.
Is it easy to get a job as a counselor?
It’s typically difficult to find a job as a counselor.
Do counselors work full-time or part-time?
67% of counselors work in full-time roles while 33% work part-time.
Is being a counselor stressful?
Stress is not uncommon amongst counselors, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.
Is being organized important as a counselor?
Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a counselor.
How competitive is the workplace for counselors?
Competition at work is not common for counselors.
Does being a counselor require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?
Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for counselors.
Are counselors allowed to express themselves creatively?
Counselors are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.
Do counselors have control over the direction of their work?
While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally counselors will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.
Is being a counselor physically demanding?
Work as a counselors is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.
Are counselors exposed to a wide variety of work?
While sometimes repetitive, counselors tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.
Does being a counselor require attention to detail?
As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for counselors.
Does being a good counselor require compassion and empathy?
Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a counselor.