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What is it like to be a Counsellor?

Counsellors are experts in human behaviour, and work with clients to find solutions to emotional, mental and lifestyle problems. They can work along with other professionals such as medical practitioners, psychologists and social workers as part of a health management team. Counsellors apply their expertise using reliable and scientifically supported methods to act as facilitators in group sessions and can act as intermediaries in conflict resolution.

Counsellors work in a variety of settings such as the health sector, community organisations, government organisations, education, welfare and private practice.

For more information about a career as an Counsellor, visit the Job Outlook website.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Counsellors have a combination of critical thinking and active listening skills to gain insights into others’ reactions. You will have a desire to help others and an interest in exploring feelings and emotions.

  • Empathetic and caring
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Maturity

To become a Counsellor

To be able to become a Counsellor, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Which pathway is best for you is individual in nature. Contact a career counsellor to explore these options further.

Professional Accreditation

USQ is currently seeking accreditation with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

If you successfully complete 400 hours of professional placement you will be eligible for ACWA accreditation. If you don’t wish to undertake the three professional placement courses, or if you're studying overseas, you can complete three other approved courses.

Counselling pathways

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