Minimum MA/MSc in Psychology/Social Work/Counselling

Minimum experience of 2 to 7 years in a relevant field

The tasks a Psychologist, Counselling is expected to perform include:

Providing individual and group counselling services to universities, colleges, schools, clinics and rehabilitation centres

Assisting individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational and vocational development and adjustment

Collecting data about individuals through interviews, case history and observational techniques

Selecting and interpreting psychological tests designed to assess an individuals intelligence, aptitude, abilities and interests

Applying knowledge of statistical analysis

Evaluating the data to identify the causes of problems of individuals

Determining the advisability of counselling or referral to other specialists or institutions

Conducting the counselling or therapeutic interviews

Assisting the individual in gaining insight into his personal problems

Defining the goals and plan of action

Reflecting the interests, abilities and needs of individuals

Providing occupational, educational and other information to enable an individual to formulate realistic educational and vocational plans

Performing follow-up results of the counselling to determine the reliability and validity of the treatment used

Engaging in research to develop and improve diagnostic and counselling techniques

Conducting, administering and scoring psychological tests

Knowledge of all the principles of psychology

Skilled in providing counselling to individuals and groups

Ability to help individuals in achieving personal, social, educational and vocational development

Skilled in conducting interviews, studying case histories and making use of observational techniques

Skilled at selecting the best psychological method that can help assess an individuals intelligence, aptitude, abilities and interests

Knowledge of statistical analysis

Skilled at identifying the causes of problems of individuals

Not applicable

Analytical bend of mind


Problem-solving ability



It is not a desk job

Need not supervise a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Companies usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, etc. if not taken care of

For candidates with experience - INR 16,000 to INR 50,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

The Education Industry in India

According to a report by IBEF, India is an important educational centre in the global education industry. This is because the country has more than 1.4 million schools and more than 35,000 higher education institutes. Also, vocational education and training is fast emerging as an important area of focus in India.

Today it has been observed that individuals deal with a lot of personal issues and this has also been observed in the case of children studying in schools of other educational institutes. Here the role of a Counselling Psychologist comes into picture. Counseling psychologists tend to focus on persons with adjustment problems as they are trained to work in psychology departments or in education departments. Psychologists attempt to understand the basic aspects of human learning and to develop materials and strategies for enhancing the learning process. They are trained to work in departments of education (known as departments of psychology) and are employed in colleges and universities. Considering that adaptability issues are faced by a lot these days, the demand for a Psychologist, Counselling is there in the present and will also be there in the future as well.

Departments of education

Colleges and universities

Counselling centers

Community mental health centers

Cities and towns across India