Compared to educational, vocational and school counselors in other states, Illinois counselors working in this field earn the second highest salaries in the country. Illinois pays its counselors an annual mean salary of $61,770, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And government economists expect jobs for these counselors to grow, nationally, as fast as the average for all careers through 2016.
The demand for school counselors stems from a new focus on improving all students' social and emotional learning skills - not just those students considered at-risk. Additionally, vocational counselors are needed to help people retrain for new careers as a result of a changing labor market. In fact, as the country moves out of one of the worse recessions in history, Illinois counselors with a wide range of specialties will be required to help individuals and families adjust to the emotional issues related to new and evolving cultural and social environments. For this reason, economists consider the field of mental health counseling one of the fastest growing occupations in the country.
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