HIV/AIDS Counselors and Case Managers

HIV/AIDS Counselor with Girl

HIV/AIDS counselors and case managers work with people who are infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) or have developed AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), and with their families and friends, to help them cope with the physical and emotional results of the disease. They answer questions, offer advice and support, and help HIV/AIDS patients get necessary assistance from medical and social agencies.

Next Section: History

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Test Counselors
Duties Provide support to patients infected with HIV/AIDS; conduct testing for the disease; communicate information about HIV/AIDS and help patients deal with emotional reactions; assist patients through various stages of their disease
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions but are greatest in urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Health
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Experience Prior experience as a part-time or volunteer care worker or as a counselor in other areas
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director, HIV/AIDS Assistance Program
  • Supervisor of Counselors and Case Managers
  • HIV/AIDS Case Manager
  • HIV/AIDS Counselor