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Counseling Schools

As a professor or instructor of counseling classes at one of the 1,069 accredited counseling schools in the country, you play a crucial role in shaping the future of this growing field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the counseling academic community and the future trends. Academia in counseling includes counseling training at the following levels:

  • Counseling Certificate
  • Associates degree in Counseling
  • Bachelors degree in Counseling
  • Masters degree in Counseling
  • PhD degree in Counseling


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Counseling professionals

612,210 629,780 644,060 656,410 597,520
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

597,520 counseling professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of counseling professionals has shrunk by 2%.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. This trend is expected to contine until the year 2018.

National Salary percentiles for Counseling professionals

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The median yearly salary earned by counseling professionals, in 2010, was $46,468. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for counseling professionals in the US was 27% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Counseling

$40,993 $42,753 $44,415 $45,633 $46,468
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Counseling professionals' salaries have grown by 13% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Counseling Student enrollment growth by degree

1,096 1,367 1,179 1,121 1,340
2,180 2,413 2,206 2,297 2,235
847 893 961 993 937
24,313 25,409 26,233 27,729 28,200
2,768 3,040 3,102 3,477 3,720
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Counseling
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Counseling
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Counseling
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Counseling
  • Grey: Certificate in Counseling

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for counseling professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In 2006, 31,204 students graduated from counseling degree programs in the US. In 2010, 36,432 students graduated from counseling schools.

This represents a 17% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from counseling courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Counseling Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that while student graduation is up, the number of schools offering counseling programs has also increased. In the year 2006, there were 891 counseling schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 1069 schools.

Counseling Faculty Salaries

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