Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

Vocational Rehab Counselor

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRCs) provide and coordinate a wide range of rehabilitation counseling and case management services to Veterans with service-connected disabilities and other eligible individuals outside of the medical setting. They are primarily responsible for supporting Veterans who face challenges as a result of disabilities and have complex vocational rehabilitation needs. VRCs provide three major services to Veterans as part of their benefits– assessment, case management and assistance in attaining and maintaining suitable employment. Full professional counseling knowledge is required.

Knowledge Areas

Vocational Rehab Counselors need to have a thorough understanding of:
  • Counseling theories, skills and techniques as well as the scope of practice

  • Federal and state rehabilitation laws, rules, regulations and guidelines

  • Medical aspects of disabilities (e.g., functional abilities and limitations)

  • Common vocational assessment tests and resources (e.g., labor market research and transferable skills analysis)

  • Case management activities for an individual in a Rehabilitation Plan

  • Psychosocial factors that impact an individual with a disability

  • VA networks and systems (e.g., Benefits Delivery Network (BDN), Compensation and Pension Record Interchange (CAPRI) and Safety, Health and Return-To Employment (SHARE))

  • Possible barriers and risks to an individual’s rehabilitation (e.g., financial, learning disabilities and transportation issues)

  • Support services and resources within the community (e.g., Veteran Service Organizations, colleges or universities and mental health services)

  • Conflict resolution methodologies

Training & Developmental Experiences

Grade Range: GS09-GS12

Developmental Experiences
  • Assist an individual in establishing realistic objectives and goals

  • Explain state and federal laws, rules, regulations and guidelines to ensure an individual understands the Vocational Rehabilitation process

  • Identify how an individual's disability affects their functioning

  • Administer and evaluate Vocational Assessment Tests (e.g., interests, aptitudes and abilities) in order to identify appropriate plan options

  • Manage a case to ensure support and services are provided to an individual in order to meet rehabilitation plan goals

  • Work with an individual to identify the psychosocial factors related to living with a disability

  • Utilize appropriate records to ensure an accurate portrayal of the Veteran's activities, condition and progress

  • Analyze psychological and physical disabilities or other handicaps in order to identify an individual's barriers related to motivations, adjustment and difficultly in employment placement

  • Access appropriate resources to assist an individual with rehabilitation goals

  • Resolve conflicts, grievances, confrontations or disagreements in situations that involve moderately complex matters and a moderate degree of conflict or pressure

Training Resources
* This is an internal Department of Veterans Affairs training opportunity provided to all VA employees for continued career growth.
Grade Range: GS13-GS13

Developmental Experiences
  • Provide personal adjustment and problem solving counseling to Veterans to allow rehabilitation plans to continue on schedule

  • Explain state and federal laws, rules, regulations and guidelines to identify appropriate benefits for Veterans

  • Identify how a Veteran's disability affects their functioning

  • Administer and evaluate Vocational Assessment Tests (e.g., interests, aptitudes and abilities) in order to identify appropriate plan options

  • Manage a case to ensure support and services are provided to a Veteran in order to meet rehabilitation plan goals

  • Work with Veterans to identify the psychosocial factors related to living with a disability

  • Utilize appropriate records to ensure an accurate portrayal of the Veteran's activities, condition and progress

  • Analyze psychological and physical disabilities or other handicaps in order to identify a Veteran's barriers related to motivations, adjustment and difficultly in employment placement

  • Access appropriate resources to assist an individual with rehabilitation goals

  • Persuade external and internal stakeholders to cooperate, accept recommendations or consider other options

Training Resources
* This is an internal Department of Veterans Affairs training opportunity provided to all VA employees for continued career growth.
Grade Range: GS13-GS13

Developmental Experiences
  • Assist employees on setting realistic goals based on their strengths and areas for growth

  • Provide a stretch assignment to an employee to leverage and improve their skills

  • Recognize and reward team efforts and individual accomplishments

  • Update stakeholders on changes that may affect them

  • Identify new internal colleagues to partner with to achieve organizational goals

  • Develop a relationship with a peer outside of the work unit

  • Facilitate a discussion where others can share their differences of opinion

  • Deploy technology resources in an efficient manner

  • Help others to plan, organize and prioritize workloads to ensure timely high quality deliverables

  • Articulate VA’s mission externally to advocate for Veterans

Training Resources
* This is an internal Department of Veterans Affairs training opportunity provided to all VA employees for continued career growth.
Grade Range: GS13-GS15

Developmental Experiences
  • Provide regular feedback to employees to enhance their leadership capabilities

  • Provide a stretch assignment to an employee to leverage and improve their skills

  • Coach team members on how to efficiently address sensitive issues and concerns

  • Collaborate with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure programs and policies are integrated with their needs

  • Collaborate with internal and external colleagues in support of VA's mission

  • Express needs, concerns or requests to senior staff in order to achieve project results

  • Mediate simple conflict and disagreement among staff members

  • Formulate alternative technological solutions to improve organizational performance

  • Utilize a formal performance management system that provides measureable performance standards to monitor project progress

  • Articulate VA’s mission externally to advocate for Veterans

Training Resources
* This is an internal Department of Veterans Affairs training opportunity provided to all VA employees for continued career growth.

Additional Information

This job has positions which range from GS09 to GS15.

As part of the duties that may be performed in this job, an employee:
  • Conducts vocational evaluations and assessments

  • Develops and oversees rehabilitation plans

  • Provides counseling and case management services

Current Job Openings

The VA Job Finder connects you to job openings at VA. Explore job openings with a customized search and plan your next career step.
Job Summary Location
Supervisory Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor South/Corpus Christi
Texas
US
Addiction Therapist Eastern/Spokane
Washington
US
Supervisory Readjustment Counseling Therapist Orange County
California
US
ADDICTION THERAPIST Fresno
California
US
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Southern
West Virginia
US
Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Outpatient Mental Health) Evansville
Indiana
US
Readjustment Counseling Therapist St. Louis
Missouri
US
Marriage and Family Therapist Syracuse
New York
US
Readjustment Counseling Therapist Watertown
New York
US
Readjustment Counseling Therapist Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
US
Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Tampa
Florida
US
Marriage and Family Therapist (GMHC) Houston
Texas
US
Addiction Therapist San Diego
California
US
Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Clinician) Montgomery
Alabama
US
Addiction Therapist Central
Oregon
US
Supervisory Readjustment Counselor Columbia
Missouri
US
Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Ft. Lauderdale
Florida
US
Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - Addictive Disorders West/Rapid City
South Dakota
US
Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Jackson
Mississippi
US
Readjustment Counseling Therapist Knoxville
Tennessee
US
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Abilene/Odessa
Texas
US
Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Abilene/Odessa
Texas
US

Select Another Job

Use the dropdown to select a different job to explore
Use the dropdown to select a different job category

Education and Licensure


  • Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Master's degree in a related field with 30 semester hours in rehabilitation
  • Supervised internship

Job announcements may contain more specific requirements.

Work Interests


Work Interests refer to the types of work activities that interest you, such as interacting with people, thinking of new ideas, or working with your hands. The chart below shows the Work Interest Profile for this job.
Realistic: Low; Investigative: Med; Artistic: High; Social: High; Enterprising: Med; Conventional: Med

Work Environment


Work Environment refers to the setting in which you like to work, such as inside or outside, in a competitive or supportive environment, or in an environment with a little or a lot of time pressure. The chart below shows the Work Environment Profile for this job.
Responsibility: Med; Exposure to Job Hazards: Low; Physical Activity: Low; Decision Making: Med; Repetitiveness: Low; Level of Competition: Low; Time Pressure: Low

Click here for a complete list of terms and definitions.

Please see the My Career Fit Tool to learn about your Work Interests and Work Environment preferences.

Professional Associations


Membership in professional organizations can be useful in maintaining an awareness of developments in the field. These organizations are examples of associations aligned with this position:
My Career Toolkit :