CAREER
CLUSTER
BRIEF

COUNSELING AND SOCIAL WORK

CAREER AREA - SOCIAL SCIENCES



Work Performed

Work activities in this group primarily involve guiding and/or counseling individuals or groups in the solution of personal, social, vocational, physical, educational, or spiritual problems. Typical situations include counseling persons about educational and vocational plans; helping individuals or families cope with crises that threaten to disrupt their lives; assisting prison parolees in finding jobs and adjusting to society; and providing spiritual leadership.


Worker Requirements

Sympathetic attitude toward the welfare of others; capacity to absorb training and apply knowledge to the solution of diverse problems; verbal facility to relate to people at all levels; ability to keep records and write investigative reports; tact, poise, and general demeanor that tend to inspire confidence and trust.


Sample Occupations

Counselor (School and College, Rehabilitation, Employment, Mental Health, Marriage and Family)
Psychologist (Clinical, Counseling, Industrial-Organizational, School)
Protestant Minister
Rabbi
Roman Catholic priest
Social Worker (Child Welfare or Family Services, Child and Adult Protective Services, Health Care Social Workers, Criminal Justice Social Workers)
Social and Human Services Assistants


Related Clusters

High School, College, and University Teaching
Social Research
Administration
Interviewing and Informing

Related MPC Departments
Psychology
Sociology
Human Services