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Career Opportunities with a Degree in Counseling


By Lauren Abraham
Communication Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

If you want to compassionately serve others in your career, earning a counseling degree is a great choice. Those who have a degree in counseling can apply their knowledge in a variety of settings. In addition to being able to work as a traditional counselor or even starting a private practice, counselors can explore a wide variety of career opportunities:

Become a Teacher

Depending on the school, you may be able to use a master’s degree in counseling to become a teacher. For example, you may be qualified to teach a psychology course at a high school, community college or even at a university. Teaching can be a very rewarding career for those who want to share their knowledge and passion for the field of psychology with others.

Conduct Research

Research plays a critical role in psychology, and those who have a degree in counseling can apply their knowledge to address problems in the field and develop solutions. The communication skills possessed by counselors and their ability to understand others can allow them to succeed in conducting research and reporting their findings.

Work in the Church

Earning a Master of Science in Christian Counseling can allow you to apply your passion for counseling in the church setting. Christian counselors are called by God to assist others by offering solutions that are scripturally based. They can discuss issues with patients from a Christian perspective, allowing them to grow spiritually.

Become a Writer

The knowledge gained from a counseling degree program combined with experiences in the field are very valuable. Sharing your knowledge and experience with others through writing can be beneficial for you as well as your readers. It can be an enjoyable way to express yourself, and readers who are interested in psychology and counseling can gain valuable insight from your writings. Consider writing for a blog, magazine or even writing your own book!

Become a Social Worker

A counseling degree can be very beneficial in the field of social work. If you want to make a difference through your profession and are passionate about improving the lives of others, using your degree in counseling in a social work setting may be a great option. You may be equipped to work in settings such as shelters, care homes, hospitals or camps (Monroe, 2012). You may also find your purpose as a supervisor or program manager, or working with a non-profit grass roots project.

Earn Your Degree in Counseling Online!

Today, it is easier than ever to earn your counseling degree. Whether you are a first-year college student or a working professional looking to return to school, an online counseling degree may be the right choice for you. The convenience of an online degree program combined with a high-quality education can allow you to further your education and become successful in the field!

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  • Monroe, N. (2012). What other jobs can I get with my master’s degree in counseling? Retrieved from counseling.org/news/blog/aca-blog/2012/10/02/what-other-jobs-can-i-get-with-my-masters-degree-in-counseling-
About Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, Digital Copywriter for GCU Blogs

Lauren Abraham is a junior at Grand Canyon University. She was born and raised in Phoenix and enjoys living here. She has loved her time at GCU so far, as she has made many friendships and discovered what she is passionate about. Currently, she is studying communication with a minor in marketing. She has always loved writing and working with people, and one day hopes to become an editor or journalist. In her free time, she enjoys staying active and spending time with her family and friends.

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