Employment Counsellor

Employment counsellors give information and advice to clients about employment search, career planning, human resource and employment issues.

NOC Code: 4156

Job Duties

Employment counsellors give information and advice to clients about employment search, career planning, human resource and employment issues. You may work with clients individually or in groups. You may work for federal and provincial government agencies, community colleges, universities, community agencies, and private employment agencies.

Generally, employment counsellors:

  • Interview clients about their employment history, educational background and career goals.
  • Help clients with job search strategies, writing résumés and preparing for job interviews.
  • Use assessment tools to find out your clients' interests, aptitudes and abilities.
  • Refer clients to community agencies or other professionals, as needed.
  • Give clients information about achieving their career goals.
  • Collect labour market information for clients about job opportunities, skill requirements and other occupational information.
  • 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.
  • Advise employers on human resource and other employment-related issues.
  • Provide counselling services to community groups and agencies, businesses, industry and other organizations involved in providing community-based career planning support or resources. 

Source: HRSDC

Job Requirements


This job requires: College or University

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobLevel of Education Required
College InstructorPost-Graduate
Early Childhood Educator AssistantCollege or University
Employment CounsellorCollege or University
Student AdvisorCollege or University
Private TutorCollege or University


This job requires 0 - 2 years of work experience.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobYears of Work Experience Required
College Instructor2 - 5
Early Childhood Educator Assistant0 - 2
Employment Counsellor0 - 2
Student Advisor2 - 5
Private Tutor2 - 5

Source: HRSDC

Essential Skills

As an employment counsellor, you need to:

  • Speak, read and write English.
  • Know about current labour market trends, employment opportunities and social services in your community.
  • Use assessment tools to find out your clients' aptitudes, skills and interests.
  • Use word processing, database, spreadsheet and email software.
  • Be empathetic, non-judgmental, and have a positive attitude.

Source: Ontario Skills Passport

Language Skills

You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with clients, co-workers, employers, social workers and staff at other community programs.

Labour Market Information


There are a number of jobs in this field as people need help finding or changing jobs. You may need to have good computer skills to help individuals access information and resources such as labour markets and job search techniques online.


The work prospects for this job are: FAIR

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobWork Prospects
College InstructorFair
Early Childhood Educator AssistantGood
Employment CounsellorFair
Student AdvisorFair
Private TutorNo Data


The average hourly wage for this job is: C$25/hour.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobAverage Wage/Hour
College Instructor$32.31
Early Childhood Educator Assistant$16.41
Employment Counsellor$25.00
Student Advisor$30.00
Private Tutor$0.00

Source: Job Bank


Educational Programs

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Bridging Programs

Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.

Language Training

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Work Experience Programs

Some college programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.

Voluntary Membership Opportunities

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