Odds of Getting In
Assuming you've got the proper qualifications, your odds of snagging a rehabilitation counselor position are getting better all the time. Collectively, the labor market is projected to see almost a 30 percent increase in these jobs from 2010 to 2020. That's way faster than all occupations' growth averaged together.
What's the reason behind this explosive growth? Consider that the population of elderly Americans is also exploding, and these adults are the most likely to injure or disable themselves. Your potential clients also include veterans with service injuries and learning-disabled adults and children. All of these clients will need assistance in adapting to their limitations and learning to live to their maximum potential. That's where you come in.
Keep in mind, however, that you may not find readily available opportunities in all parts of the country. In addition, remember that agencies and non-profits frequently operate under strict budgetary constraints, and therefore may not have hiring funds available even for a demonstrated need. You can certainly open your own rehabilitation counselor practice, but that opens up an entirely new can of worms. Happy fishing.