Sample 1 - State of California

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Rehabilitation Counselors
(SOC Code : 21-1015)
in California

Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Master's degree .

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Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20131st Qtr$17.43$11.00$14.49$21.60

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2010 - 202010,40012,4002,00019.2420

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1,93944.6%
Individual and Family Services 22,27320.9%
Residential Mental Health Facilities 134.2%
Social Advocacy Organizations 7,7013.9%
Emergency and Other Relief Services 6682.8%
Outpatient Care Centers 7,5472.4%
Other Residential Care Facilities 8651.4%
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 47,2631.3%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor.

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Prepare and maintain records and case files, including documentation such as clients` personal and eligibility information, services provided, narratives of client contacts, and relevant correspondence.
Develop rehabilitation plans that fit clients` aptitudes, education levels, physical abilities, and career goals.
Monitor and record clients` progress to ensure that goals and objectives are met.
Confer with clients to discuss their options and goals so that rehabilitation programs and plans for accessing needed services can be developed.
Maintain close contact with clients during job training and placements to resolve problems and evaluate placement adequacy.
Confer with physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, and other professionals to develop and implement client rehabilitation programs.
Arrange for physical, mental, academic, vocational, and other evaluations to obtain information for assessing clients` needs and developing rehabilitation plans.
Analyze information from interviews, educational and medical records, consultation with other professionals, and diagnostic evaluations to assess clients` abilities, needs, and eligibility for services.
Develop and maintain relationships with community referral sources, such as schools and community groups.
Locate barriers to client employment, such as inaccessible work sites, inflexible schedules, and transportation problems, and work with clients to develop strategies for overcoming these barriers.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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