Employment counsellors (NOC 4156)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Employment counsellors offer assistance, advice and information to worker clients on all aspects of employment search and career planning. They also provide advice and information to employer clients regarding human resource and employment issues.

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Employment counsellors mainly work for federal and provincial governments, but are also employed by large organizations and private employment service agencies.

Common job titles
  • coach, career
  • consultant, employment
  • consultant, outplacement / relocation
  • co-ordinator, career resource centre
  • counsellor, Aboriginal employment
  • counsellor, career (except education)


Employment counsellors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • interview clients to get employment history, educational background and career goals
  • identify barriers to work and help clients with matters such as job readiness skills, job search strategies, writing resumés and preparing for job interviews
  • give advice to employers on human resource and other employment-related issues
  • give and interpret tests designed to determine the interests, aptitudes and abilities of clients
  • assess need for assistance such as rehabilitation, financial aid or further vocational training and refer clients to the appropriate services
  • provide established workers with information on maintaining a job or moving within an organization, dealing with job dissatisfaction or making a mid-career change
  • collect labour market information for clients regarding job openings, entry and skill requirements and other occupational information
  • provide consulting services to community groups and agencies, business and industry, and to other organizations that offer community-based career planning resources

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional indoor office setting.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible through experience.

Movement to positions in personnel or training is possible.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.