Counselling

Counselling is about training how to help people with their mental health problems.

Mental health problems include traumas and mental illnesses, emotional and behavioural problems, and addictions to drugs, smoking and gambling.

Studying in this area involves learning how to help people to cope with, and if possible overcome, these problems.

NZ university majors related to this area

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Counsellor
  • Mental health worker
  • Social worker
  • Addiction counsellor
  • Substance abuse counsellor
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

185% of national
median earnings


Employment

63%
Employed
0%
Unemployed
12%
Further study
25%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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