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Community and Social Services Careers | Youth Counselor / Worker

Youth Counselor / Worker

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Works with young people, primarily ages 13-18, to provide mentoring and support for dealing with problems. Works in a school or community-based program; may assist with referrals from parole or probation offices. Collaborates with teachers, family members, social workers and health care professionals to help young people facing challenges or crises.

Job Outlook

There were 220 Youth Counselor / Worker job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 7716 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Youth Counselor / Worker industry, which includes the Youth Counselor / Worker career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Youth Counselor / Worker jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $35,415.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $33,952.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Youth Counselor / Worker postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $28,320.

Education and Experience

Posted Youth Counselor / Worker jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree7%
Bachelor's Degree25%
Master's Degree10%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other59%

Posted Youth Counselor / Worker jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years68%
3 to 5 years27%
6 to 8 years2%
9+ years3%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Youth Counselor / Worker positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (31%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (26%)
  • Planning (23%)
  • Physical Abilities (20%)
  • Organizational Skills (18%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (22%)
  • Mental Health (17%)
  • Child Care (15%)
  • Treatment Planning (15%)
  • Crisis Intervention (11%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Teaching (19%)
  • Budgeting (13%)
  • Scheduling (12%)
  • Trauma (11%)
  • Psychology (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Child Development (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Family Therapy (2%) – marginal value $2,451

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Youth Counselor / Worker skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Youth Counselor
  • Youth Worker
  • Youth Mentor
  • Residential Youth Counselor
  • Youth Coordinator

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Youth Counselor / Worker jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • YMCA (522)
  • Advocates Incorporated (109)
  • Rite Passage (100)
  • Youth Villages (94)
  • Newport Healthcare (68)

North Carolina

  • YMCA (30)
  • State North Carolina (25)
  • North Carolina Department Of Justice (14)
  • Eckerd Youth Alternatives (11)
  • Eckerd Connects (9)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!

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