Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has six counseling schools within its city limits. Lewis & Clark College, the highest ranked school in the city with a counseling program, has a total student population of 3,523. It is the 127th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Counseling students from Portland schools who go on to become counseling psychologists, school counselors, counselors, christian counselors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 30,900 people working as counselors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $44,400. Also, Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists make on average $59,070 per year and there are about 219,240 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 2,820 employed human resources, training, and labor relations specialists earning an average salary of $63,700. Counselors in this area earn $52,650/yr and there are 140 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.136 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by counselors, and 2.843/1000 are held by human resources, training, and labor relations specialists.
Of the 6 counseling schools in Portland, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lewis & Clark College comes out as the most expensive ($28,753/yr) for counseling students, with Portland Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,829/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|