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Find out how to become a counsellor and work in the community services industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Counsellor is $65,300 - 75,400 annually


What does a counsellor do?

Counsellors give talking therapy to help people deal with emotional issues or difficulties. They work face-to-face with individual clients, couples or small groups. Employment for counsellors to 2019 is expected to grow very strongly. Employment in this large occupation grew very strongly over the last five years.

Read more about the community services industry.

What skills do you need to be a counsellor? 

Counsellors encourage clients to talk about their feelings and emotions and provide support with issues related to these.

  • Understanding a range of needs including drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues
  • Talking to clients to evaluate their emotional and physical needs
  • Leading counselling meetings with groups to facilitate communal understanding
  • Helping clients to adjust attitudes and expectations within a variety of relationships
  • Working with other counsellors to promote the understanding of those with needs
  • Developing rehabilitation plans alongside clients
I am finding my course really good. I like the self-paced learning format, and because I’ve been in the sector for a long time it’s good to re-learn some things as well.
Student Q&A: Kate Johnson
, Community Services Faculty Student - Counselling
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Counsellor quick facts

Working as a counsellor allows you to care for the needs of others and build relationships whilst working with different types of information.

  • Average Hours Worked
    36.3 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Community Services
  • Average qualification level
    46.3% Bachelor degree

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from payscale.com.au and the Australian Government's joboutlook.gov.au - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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