41321 – Career development practitioners and career counsellors (except education)



41321 – Career development practitioners and career counsellors (except education)
Career development practitioners and career counsellors (except education) provide assistance and information to job seeker clients on all aspects of employment search and career planning. They also provide advice and information to employer clients regarding employment issues and human resources. They are employed by public and private employment agencies, rehabilitation centres, hospitals, human resource departments of establishments, consulting firms, correctional facilities and by federal and provincial governments. Supervisors of career development practitioners and career counsellors (except education) are included in this unit group.


Index of titles
Aboriginal employment developer
Aboriginal employment officer
Aboriginal employment worker
Career coach
Career counsellor (except education)
Career development counsellor
Career development facilitator
Career development practitioner
Career group facilitator
Career resource centre coordinator
Employment assistance officer
Employment consultant
Employment counsellor
Employment counsellor - government services
Employment group counsellor
Employment outreach counsellor
Employment outreach program coordinator
Employment outreach program counsellor
Employment services assessment officer
Employment services group counsellor
Employment services officer
Guidance counsellor (except education)
Job counsellor
Job counsellor - government services
Job search trainer
Labour market information consultant
Outplacement consultant
Outplacement counsellor
Rehabilitation counsellor
Relocation consultant
Relocation counsellor
Vocational counsellor (except education)
Vocational evaluator
Vocational guidance counsellor (except education)
Vocational rehabilitation consultant
Vocational rehabilitation counsellor
Vocational rehabilitation professional
Vocational rehabilitation specialist
Workforce adjustment officer
Workforce development officer


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Interview clients to obtain employment history, educational background and career goals
Identify barriers to employment and assist clients with such matters as job readiness skills, job search strategies, writing résumés and preparing for job interviews
Assess need for assistance such as rehabilitation, financial aid or further training and refer clients to the appropriate services
Provide established workers with information and strategies for maintaining a job or moving within an organization, dealing with job dissatisfaction, making mid-career changes and adjusting to workplace transitions
Collect labour market information for clients regarding job openings, entry and skill requirements and other occupational information
Advise employers on human resource and other employment-related issues
Provide consulting services to community groups and agencies, businesses, industry and other organizations involved in providing community-based career planning support or resources
May administer and interpret tests designed to determine the interests, aptitudes and abilities of clients
May provide advocacy and adjudication services related to employment legislation or contractual agreements
May arrange for, or conduct physical, mental, academic, vocational, and other evaluations to obtain information for assessing clients' needs and to developing employment and rehabilitation plans.


Employment requirements
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 is required.
A master's degree in counselling psychology or a related field such as educational psychology, developmental psychology or social work may be required.
Vocational rehabilitation professional certification may be required by employers.
In Quebec, membership in l'Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d'orientation du Québec is mandatory to use the titles ''vocational counsellor'' and “vocational guidance counsellor”.
In New Brunswick, membership in the College of Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick is mandatory to use the title “Licensed career counsellor”.
In Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario, Certified Career Development Professional/Practitioner (CCDP) certification may be required by employers.


Additional information
Mobility to positions in personnel or training is possible.
Progression to supervisory positions is possible through experience.
Vocational counsellors provide specialized career development services to individuals with physical illnesses or injuries, mental health illnesses, including individuals with disabilities. They require additional knowledge and experience to assess employment capabilities and develop associated employment plans.


Educational counsellors (41320)
Employment insurance officer (in 12104 Employment insurance and revenue officers)
Human resources and recruitment officers (12101)
Job coach for persons with disabilities (in 42203 Instructors of persons with disabilities)