Establishing a career in counseling starts with education. Both for the relevant knowledge base and requisite credentials, education is the foundation for any practicing counselor. While licensing or certification requirements for counseling vary by state, one requirement that is consistent across the board is the obtainment of a master's degree. Even if you don’t immediately plan on pursuing licensure/certification, most clinics, hospitals and mental health practices will only hire candidates to practice counseling with a master’s degree.
As a counselor, the degree you earn provides you with the theoretical and practical knowledge and experience needed to demonstrate your level of kexpertise in the field. This degree will also help to qualify you for state licensure or certification and clinical positions within the counseling field. Learn more about the different levels of counseling degrees below: