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How will your counseling education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a counseling degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. There are 1,085 traditional counseling schools in the US.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with counseling programs were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  2. University of Pennsylvania - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  3. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California

Student Demographics

In the US, 36,459 students graduated from counseling programs in 2010. Of these students, 3,720 received certifications in counseling, 3,575 received an undergraduate degree in counseling, and 29,164 received a graduate-level degree in counseling.


Students can pursue education in counseling at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Counseling
  • Bachelor's Degree in Counseling
  • Master's Degree in Counseling
  • Doctoral Degree in Counseling
  • Certificate in Counseling

The skills and/or knowledge that counseling students can expect to gain during the course of their counseling education are:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Group Methods in Counseling
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling


Students at counseling schools around the nation paid an average of $23,758 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The counseling schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183

The lowest tuition was charged by the following counseling schools:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College - located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, students paid $5,233
  3. University of Utah - located in Salt Lake City, Utah, students paid $5,746

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 0 counselors will be working in the US. This would require the number of people working as a counselor to shrink by NaN%. The number of counselors is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Wyoming - 0%
  2. Kentucky - 0%
  3. Texas - 0%


A counselor in the US earns $NaN per year on average. However, the salary for a counselor can greatly vary based on factors such as your previous performance reviews, experience or education. The states with the highest average salary for a counselor are:

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Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 246,890 $55,970 15.3%
Rehabilitation Counselors 111,490 $35,850 -4.9%
Mental Health Counselors 110,300 $41,360 26.5%
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists 100,700 $72,540 1.9%