What do rehabilitation counselors do?

Rehabilitation counselors work with a wide variety of individuals who experience physical, cognitive, developmental, psychological or emotional disabilities or other types of chronic illnesses. The goal of the rehabilitation counseling process is to facilitate independence and self-determination leading to positive vocational and psychosocial adjustment of persons with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Rehabilitation counselors provide individual and group counseling, vocational assessment, case management, service coordination and consultation services.


Where do rehabilitation professionals work?

Rehabilitation is a rapidly expanding profession with a promising future. Graduates of the MSRC program enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities in public, not-for-profit, and private agencies serving individuals with disabilities.

Typical employment sites include, but are not limited to:

  • State/Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies
Department of Veteran's Affairs
Department of Corrections
Community-Based Rehabilitation Facilities
Disability Organizations
Centers for Independent Living

  • Supported Employment Programs
Vocational Assessment Programs
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Programs

  • Worker's Compensation

  • Disability Insurance

  • Disability Management Programs
Transition Services in Secondary School Settings

  • Disability Services at Universities and Colleges

  • Hospital Settings

More Career Information

For additional occupational information about rehabilitation counseling, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook website.