Employment counsellors (NOC 4156)

About this job

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Employment counsellors:

  • offer assistance, advice and information to worker clients on all aspects of employment search and career planning
  • provide advice and information to employer clients regarding human resource and employment issues
  • mainly work for federal and provincial governments but are also employed by large establishments and private employment service agencies
Common job titles
  • coach, career
  • consultant, employment
  • consultant, outplacement / relocation
  • employment assistance officer
  • employment services assessment
  • facilitator, career development
  • coach, career
  • consultant, employment
  • consultant, outplacement / relocation
  • co-ordinator, career resource centre
  • counsellor, Aboriginal employment
  • counsellor, career (except education)


Annual provincial median salary


Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

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Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report


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.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

People in this occupation require:
  • a bachelor's degree or college diploma in employment counselling, career development or in a related field, such as human resources development, psychology, education or social services
  • a master's degree in counselling psychology or a related field such as educational psychology, developmental psychology or social work (may be required)


  • Social
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Clerical Ability
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Human Resources
  • Human/Social Service Work
  • Psychology (Arts)
  • Psychology (Science)
  • Social Work

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

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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

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