£14,560 Average salary at age 20
£30,160 Average Salary
33 Average hours per week


Jobholders in this unit group provide counselling services to clients with a wide variety of problems by means of assisting them to reach their own resolutions to the difficulties they face. Counsellors may specialise in a particular area or client group or address a wide range of issues.

Main Tasks

  • Meets clients face-to-face, working either one-to-one or with couples or families, or by telephone or internet;
  • Encourages clients to discuss their feelings in relation to their problems, aiming to ensure that an understanding of the issues is achieved;
  • Presents different perspectives to the problem areas identified;
  • Refers to other appropriate sources of help;
  • Keeps accurate and confidential records.


There are no formal qualifications to entry but relevant experience is necessary. Many employers will expect entrants to have achieved or be working towards accreditation with a professional body via certification or a diploma in counselling. Background checks including a CRB check are likely to be required for counsellors working with vulnerable adults and/or families.

What Counsellors studied in higher education

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What Counsellors studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy1
(W2) Design studies1
(L3) Sociology3
(B3) Complementary medicines, therapies & well-being1
(C1) Biology1
(C8) Psychology30
(Y0) Combined1
(W1) Fine art1
(V3) History by topic1
(C5) Microbiology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(V4) Archaeology1
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(Q3) English studies2
(N5) Marketing1
(M1) Law by area2
(M2) Law by topic2
(J9) Others in technology1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine22
(J7) Biotechnology1
(V5) Philosophy1
(L1) Economics1
(Q1) Linguistics1
(N1) Business studies3
(X3) Academic studies in education2
(L5) Social work18
(X1) Training teachers1
(C6) Sport & exercise science2
(L6) Anthropology1

UK Prospects

36200 Workforce Size
4.00% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
3972 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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