Helping & Counseling

  • Do you consider yourself to be supportive, generous, or empathetic?
  • Are you interested in learning about mental health, criminal probation, or community development?
  • Does it sound like fun to empower others, handle a crisis, or develop resources?
  • Could you see yourself working at a clinic, a community center, a non-profit organization, a church, or starting your own private practice?

Careers in this community focus on understanding people, supporting them through difficult times, and equipping them to grow and thrive.

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Examples of Related Jobs

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  • Adoption Specialist
  • Applied Behavior Analyst
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Development Specialist
  • Elder Services Administrator
  • Employment Specialist
  • Family Advocate
  • Food Bank Administrator
  • Grant Writer
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Human Services Worker
  • Industrial/Org. Psychologist
  • Instructor/Trainer
  • Life Coach
  • Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Mediator
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Non-Profit Program Director
  • Probation Officer
  • Public Health Educator
  • Recruiter
  • Religious Leader
  • Residential Treatment Worker
  • Rural Development Specialist
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Victim Advocate
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Youth Development Specialist
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    • Click on Guides, Other Industries, & then Social Services Jobs, Eldcare Jobs, Childcare Jobs, or Human Resources
    • Click on Guides and Nonprofit 

To research various UI majors, minors and certificates, visit Find Your Program

The Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*Net contain information on duties, education and training, pay and job outlook.

Want to put your interests to good use? Join with other students who share them. Discover student organizations which relate to helping/counseling at the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. You can browse the database by letter or search by keyword or name for locating student organizations. 
Some examples of organizations that may be of interest are:

  • Best Buddies
  • The Sociology Club
  • Rape Victim Advocacy Program
  • Camp Adventure
  • Iowa Student Psychology Association
  • Under Your Wing
  • HEART Workshop
  • Food Pantry at Iowa
  • American Sign Language Club

 Volunteering is another great way to explore your interests, build your resume, and connect with the community!

If you don’t want to join a club or don’t have the time, you can find activities and events related to your interests via After Class


Check out student employment, internships & post-graduation full-time jobs in, powered by Handshake.  Employers targeting University of Iowa students & alumni use this recruiting system to connect with you!



Finding opportunities to launch your career is a skill of its own.  We also have tips for the search process for volunteering, internships, and jobs on other parts of our site.     

If your goals include graduate or professional school, make sure to plan ahead  and if applicable, research licensure requirements.

Professional organizations are a great way to explore, prepare, experience, and achieve your career interests and goals!

  • Explore - Learn what people in the industry do, talk about, and take action on
  • Prepare - Learn about job titles, companies, and organizational/thought leaders
  • Experience - Check out resources, including specialized job boards and LinkedIn groups to locate mentors and job shadowing/informational interview opportunities
  • Achieve - Polish your professional image by taking an active part in your industry’s association. Reach your goals through networking and the professional development opportunities your association provides.

Plus, professional associations often offer discounted memberships to students!