Career Management Resources

Your graduate degree will provide you with a variety of career opportunities. This information and resource page is designed to assist you in managing your professional career. In addition to the specific resources included, there is a list of professional associations that often provide regional, national and international opportunities for career development and networking.

Counseling

Professional Organizations

ACA State Divisions

  • International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors - IAMFC is an organization that promotes excellence in the practice of couples and family counseling by creating and disseminating publications and media products, providing a forum for exploration of family-related issues, involving a diverse group of dedicated professionals in our activities, and emphasizing collaborative efforts.
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association - The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is a growing community of more than 6,000 clinical mental health counselors. AMHCA succeeds in giving a voice to the counseling profession nationwide and in helping to serve you and your colleagues in your state.  AMHCA Career Center
  • American School Counselor Association - The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.  ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 30,000 professional school counselors around the globe.
  • American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) - AACC is committed to assisting Christian counselors, the entire ‘community of care,’ licensed professionals, pastors, and lay church members with little or no formal training. It is their intention to equip clinical, pastoral, and lay care-givers with biblical truth and psychosocial insights that minister to hurting persons and helps them move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity.  Counseling Classifieds
  • National Employment Counseling Association - The National Employment Counseling Association (NECA) is the leading resource for all things related to employment.  NECA is a division of the American Counseling Association and was founded in 1966 to implement solid and practical interventions to enhance employability and long-term employment. NECA Employment

Note: At the time this page was launched, all of the links werelive.  If you find one of the links is no longer available, please contact Emily Warari at ewarari@messiah.edu


Outlook for Counselors

US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition - Counselors
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years.