About Best Master’s in Counseling

Best Master’s Programs in Counseling was created to help students prepare for careers in counseling, by providing them with tools and information to use to locate the best master’s degree programs in counseling.

Our site features program rankings, descriptions of career options, information about degrees and enrollment and details about counseling specializations at many of the top schools in the nation. Best Master’s Programs in Counseling also provides students with unbiased reviews of different counseling programs throughout the United States, as well as information on how to apply to, pay for and obtain admittance into these programs.

Facts about Counseling

The median pay for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists as of 2012 was $41,500 per year or $19.95 per hour. Job outlook for these professions is much faster than average at 29 percent. Meanwhile, the median pay for Rehabilitation Counselors was $33,880 per year or $16.29 per hour (as of 2012). Job outlook for these professions was faster than average at 20 percent. The median pay for School and Career counselors was significantly higher at $53,610 per year or $25.77 per hour. According to 2012 estimates, Job outlook was about 12 percent, which is about as fast as average.

Entry level counseling positions generally require a master’s degree. Employers in this field also sometimes require applicants to have completed internships or to have undergone on-the-job training. Counselors are also expected to become licensed in order to practice their professions legally.

Counselors work in a wide variety of venues and industries. Many work in environments such as schools, prisons and health care institutions, while others have their own private practices. Best Master’s Programs in Counseling provides students with the information they need to prepare for work in each of these venues, including information on internships, scholarships and certifications.

Bureau of Labor Statistics