VCU´s Department of Rehabilitation Counseling regularly receives job announcements from a wide variety of potential employers and distributes this information through a listserv to current students and interested alumni. If you are interested in receiving these listserv announcements, please contact Mary Tucker in the department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some program alumni have offered to make themselves available to prospective students for informational interviews, to help explore the “fit” between this profession and a person’s individual career goals. Please contact the Department Chair if you would like to talk with such alumni.
In addition to the department listserv, information about current job openings can be found through a variety of online resources. For example, America’s Job Bank lists jobs by category or keywords, as well as by state, city or zip code. Keywords such as “rehabilitation counselor,” “vocational counselor,” or “case manager” will usually yield relevant openings.
The Rehabilitation Recruitment Center also is available on the Web.
The RRC is a job bank designed to match rehabilitation professionals seeking employment with public rehabilitation programs seeking qualified employees across the United States.
Additionally, information about current job openings with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can be found online.
Two national trends have recently increased the need for qualified rehabilitation counselors throughout the U.S. The increasing number of veterans injured in active duty, who may later require not only medical rehabilitation and case management, but adjustment counseling, career exploration and job placement services will necessitate more counselors. And, under recent federal Comprehensive System of Personnel Development mandates requiring qualified rehabilitation counselors for state vocational rehabilitation facilities, employees must have a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and/or the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor credential to qualify. Given the large number of such counselors and their supervisors who are planning to retire in the near future, increasing shortages of qualified applicants are expected in most areas of the country.