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Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors

What they do?

Family, marriage and other related counsellors perform some or all of the following duties:

A. May supervise other counsellors, social service staff and assistants

B. May provide public education and consultation to other professionals or groups regarding counselling services, issues and methods

C. May provide witness testimony in court proceedings

D. May conduct research, publish research papers, educational texts and articles and deliver presentations at conferences.

E. May participate in fundraising activities.

F. Family, marriage and other related counsellors often specialize in dealing with a specific client group such as injured workers, or with specific problems, such as drug and alcohol addiction, marital difficulties or behavioural disorders.

G. Interview clients, prepare case histories and assess problems

Where they find work?

1. Health care and social assistance - 79.0%
2. Other services (except public administration) - 8.0%
3. Public administration - 8.0%

What education do I need?

1. You usually need a master's degree in counselling, mental health or a related social service field.

2. In Quebec, you need a master's degree in psychoeducation to practise as a psychoeducator and you must be a member of l'Ordre professionnel des conseillers et conseillères d'orientation du Québec.

3. You must be a member of your provincial/territorial association, meet strict graduate education criteria, and complete supervised clinical work to be allowed to use the titles "Registered Marriage and Family Therapist" or "Registered Clinical Counsellor".

4. For certain areas of counselling, you may need an undergraduate degree or college diploma in social science.

5. You may become specialized in a particular area through training/experience.

6. With additional training/experience, you may move up the ranks to become a social service manager.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English
2. Social Studies
3. A Second Language

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors is $20.50/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the social science, education, government service and religion and are below average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors wages

Expected Wage by Age

Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors Wage By Age

Unemployment:

2% of Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for professionnal occupations.

Unemployment

Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors is considered Above Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($20.50) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is above average.

4. The unemployment rate (2%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Above Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average because of ongoing trends--increased government funding for health/social services, and an aging population requiring more services.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors are found in British Columbia and Nova Scotia while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (50%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Leadership

2. Interpersonal skills

3. Facilitating

Part Time Workers

Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


24% of Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 37,800 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 31% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The older-than-average age (43) of worker will likely result in an above-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 13% of Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


89% of the individuals employed as Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.