Vocational rehab counselors help people with disabilities plan careers. They also help them find and keep satisfying jobs. They assess the person's:
Education and job training history before the disability
Skills and training potential since the disability
Personal interest and motivation
Progress after job placement
Vocational rehab counselors make sure that disabled people know their rights and protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act. These counselors also mediate job accommodation issues between disabled employees and their employers. They are responsible for continued counseling, reevaluation, and reeducation of the person on job issues.
Vocational rehab counselors work in many settings, such as:
Inpatient rehabilitation centers
Outpatient rehabilitation centers
Psychiatric care settings
Industrial health settings
Vocational rehab counselors have earned their master's degrees. They are also certified by the Board for Rehabilitation Certification. Many are also educated as psychologists.