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Career development practitioners and career counsellors (except education)

OaSIS code 41321.00

Career development practitioners and career counsellors (except education) provide assistance and information to job seeker clients on all aspects of employment search and career planning. They also provide advice and information to employer clients regarding employment issues and human resources. Supervisors of career development practitioners and career counsellors (except education) are included in this unit group.


Also known as

  • Career counsellor (except education)
  • Career development counsellor
  • Career development practitioner
  • Outplacement counsellor
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
  • Relocation consultant
  • Vocational rehabilitation counsellor

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Interview clients to obtain employment history, educational background and career goals
  • Identify barriers to employment and assist clients with such matters as job readiness skills, job search strategies, writing résumés and preparing for job interviews
  • Assess need for assistance such as rehabilitation, financial aid or further training and refer clients to the appropriate services
  • 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
  • Collect labour market information for clients regarding job openings, entry and skill requirements and other occupational information
  • Advise employers on human resource and other employment-related issues
  • Provide consulting services to community groups and agencies, businesses, industry and other organizations involved in providing community-based career planning support or resources
  • May administer and interpret tests designed to determine the interests, aptitudes and abilities of clients
  • May provide advocacy and adjudication services related to employment legislation or contractual agreements
  • May arrange for, or conduct physical, mental, academic, vocational, and other evaluations to obtain information for assessing clients' needs and to developing employment and rehabilitation plans.

Additional information

  • Mobility to positions in personnel or training is possible.
  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible through experience.
  • Vocational counsellors provide specialized career development services to individuals with physical illnesses or injuries, mental health illnesses, including individuals with disabilities. They require additional knowledge and experience to assess employment capabilities and develop associated employment plans.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Human resources and recruitment officers (12101)
  • Educational counsellors (41320)
  • Job coach for persons with disabilities (in 42203.00 Instructors of persons with disabilities)
  • Employment insurance officer (in 12104.02 Government benefits services officers)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

4 – Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

41 – Professional occupations in law, education, social, community and government services

Sub-major group

413 – Professional occupations in social and community services

Minor group

4132 – Educational and employment counsellors

Unit group

41321 – Career development practitioners and career counsellors (except education)

Occupational profile

41321.00 – Career development practitioners and career counsellors (except education)

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
4 - High Level
Clerical Activities
4 - High Level
Coaching and Developing Others
4 - High Level
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
4 - High Level
Developing Objectives and Strategies
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

4 - More than half the time
2 - Less than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
5 - Every day, almost continuously
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
4 - Highly important
4 - Every day, a few times per day


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Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Fluency of Ideas
4 - High Level
Problem Identification
4 - High Level
Speech Clarity
4 - High Level
Verbal Ability
4 - High Level
Written Comprehension
4 - High Level


Proficiency or complexity level
Social Perceptiveness
5 - Highest Level
4 - High Level
Critical Thinking
4 - High Level
4 - High Level
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

5 - Extremely important
5 - Extremely important
Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
Service Orientation
5 - Extremely important
Social Orientation
5 - Extremely important