Becoming a Counselor

Job requirements, schooling, and more

Job Description

Diagnose and treat mental disorders; learning disabilities; and cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems using individual, child, family, and group therapies. May design and implement behavior modification programs.

Minimum requirements

  • Masters degree in counseling or psychology.
  • State-issued credential.


  • Most businesses require a masters degree in counseling plus a few more years of clinical training.
  • Acquiring a degree in counseling can take anywhere between 4 and 12 years.
  • You must pass a state-recognized test to receive your license to practice psychology.


  • Analyze social, health, or economic data
  • Direct scientific research or investigative studies
  • Plan scientific, research, or investigative studies
  • Develop policies, protocols, procedures, methods, or standards
  • Provide expert testimony on research results

Important personality traits

  • Compassion
  • Listening skills

  • People skills
  • Speaking skills


  • 0-1 Years experience: $25,880 annual
  • 1-5 years experience: $27,880 annual
  • 5-10 years experience: $30,510 annual
  • 10+ years experience: $31,920 annual

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