Can I become a counselor with only a Bachelor's degree?
While I do plan on going for a Master's since I'm hearing that's almost the minimum required level for counselling occupations, I was wondering if it's possible to get a job as a counselor with a Bachelor's? #psychology #counselor #counseling #counselling
Yes, it is possible to get a counseling job with only a BA or BS degree but your options and compensation will be limited. You may be able to work in something like caseworker aide or some type of assistance position in which you work as a paraprofessional with counselors who are fully credentialed. Some professional counseling practices may also need staff to work in office administration. There are possibilities also at social and community organizations, such as counseling centers, youth clubs, and YMCAs. Check also at retirement homes. Some state agencies hire in their various health and welfare departments. So go to your state employment agency and inquire about those. You probably won't be doing any counseling in these positions but they offer you the chance to work with people, gain experience, and observe how professional counselors work. These positions will also look good on your resume later on. Good luck.
You can probably get a job with the title counselor but it will be more like a camp counselor than what you probably are looking for. Almost all the true counseling jobs require a masters degree. Some will require a license and I do not know of any state that will license someone as a professional counselor without a masters degree plus post graduate internships of one to two years and passing an exam.
Yes, you can become a counselor with a bachelor degree. Choose the setting and population that interest you. Get research experience, attend training/workshops, find a mentor who could teach and guide you and begin to look at theories that interest you.
I would suggest you continue with your studies and pursue your Masters then PhD or PsyD. YOU CAN DO IT! :-)
There are some options where you can start a career in counseling with a Graduate degree. Assisting someone, creating case studies and similar job profile would be good.
Counseling is a profession where we help and guide a person who comes to us with faith/ trust/ need help. To give proper guidance comes with more of reading , helping and experience. So Go ahead and start searching job to start now.. but do not stop studies , ... go for your PG in counseling while working and goining experience.
All the best!