Other Counsellors and Life Coaches includes jobs like Gambling Counsellor, Grief Counsellor, Life Coach, Sexual Assault Counsellor, and Trauma Counsellor. Occupations in this group may work in call centres.

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

    Tasks

    • Conducts counselling interviews with individuals, couples and family groups.
    • Assists people in the understanding and adjustment of attitudes, expectations and behaviour to develop more effective interpersonal and marital relationships.
    • Presents alternative approaches and discusses potential for attitude and behavioural change.
    • Consults with clients to develop rehabilitation plans taking account of vocational and social needs.
    • Contributes information, understanding and advice on the learning and behaviour of students, especially those with special needs, and assists parents and teachers in dealing with these needs.
    • May work in a call centre.

    All Counsellors

    • $1,584 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Other Counsellors and Life Coaches

    • 4,100 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 79% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Counsellors and Life Coaches (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 2,400 in 2011 to 4,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Other Counsellors and Life Coaches work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Other Services.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (49%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 79% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Education and Training54.2
    Health Care and Social Assistance27.2
    Other Services5.7
    Public Administration and Safety4.5
    Other Industries8.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateOther Counsellors and Life CoachesAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.231.6
    VIC27.825.6
    QLD20.620.0
    SA6.17.0
    WA11.710.8
    TAS1.92.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT2.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOther Counsellors and Life CoachesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.6-5.05.0
    20-246.9-9.39.3
    25-3425.1-22.922.9
    35-4425.5-22.022.0
    45-5422.1-21.621.6
    55-599.4-9.09.0
    60-645.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationOther Counsellors and Life CoachesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate28.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree38.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV7.5-21.121.1
    Year 129.4-18.118.1
    Year 111.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.2-12.512.5

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

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    Employers look for Counsellors who can communicate clearly and are caring and compassionate.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Therapy and counselling

      99% Skill level

      Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

    2. Psychology

      97% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    3. Customer and personal service

      89% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Sociology and anthropology

      73% Skill level

      Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

    5. English language

      66% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Face-to-face discussions

      100% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    2. Indoors, heat controlled

      99% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    3. Freedom to make decisions

      98% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

    4. Electronic mail

      98% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    5. Telephone

      97% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3031.03 - Counseling Psychologists.

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