School of Psychology & Counseling

Employment Opportunities -
Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision

Regent's Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision is both theoretical and experiential and is intended to prepare students to work as counselor educators, counselor supervisors, advanced practitioners in clinical settings and leaders in the field of counseling. The emphasis of the doctoral program is on training educators to teach counseling at the college and university level, with commensurate emphasis on the development of advanced clinical skills, which are necessary to both teach and supervise effectively, as well as enhance the practice of the professional counselor.

According to the US Department of Labor, the employment prospects for counselors in all specialties is very good to excellent.  It is anticipated that between 2006 and 2016 the demand for counselors, and those who train counselors will rise 13 percent for school counselors and 34 percent for substance abuse and behavioral counselors. Similarly, the expected increase in the demand for post-secondary educators is expected to be 23 percent. The demand for counseling professors would be higher given the increased demand for master's level counseling professionals. In summary, the job outlook for Ph.D. level professional counselors is very good. The data from the US Dept of Labor is presented below.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational title

SOC Code

Employment, 2006

Projected
employment,
2016

Change, 2006-16

Detailed
statistics

Number

Percent

Counselors

21-1010

635,000

771,000

136,000

21

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Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors

21-1011

83,000

112,000

29,000

34

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Educational, vocational and school counselors

21-1012

260,000

292,000

33,000

13

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Marriage and family therapists

21-1013

25,000

32,000

7,400

30

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Mental health counselors

21-1014

100,000

130,000

30,000

30

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Rehabilitation counselors

21-1015

141,000

173,000

32,000

23

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Counselors, all other

21-1019

27,000

32,000

4,500

17

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Postsecondary teachers

25-1000

1,672,000

2,054,000

382,000

23

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NOTE: Data in this table are rounded. See the discussion of the employment projections table in the Handbook introductory chapter on Occupational Information Included in the Handbook.

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