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Learn about the most important abilities for Counseling Psychologists. Also, find out how proficient you have to be in each ability.

Importance*More Info
1.Oral Comprehension91
2.Oral Expression88
3.Speech Clarity81
Inductive Reasoning81
Problem Sensitivity81
6.Speech Recognition78
Deductive Reasoning78
Written Comprehension78
9.Written Expression75
10.Category Flexibility66
* Importance out of 100

Score Key
  Importance for success in this profession
  Level of proficiency needed

Ability Area Scores

Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
91
66
Understand a television commercialUnderstand a coach's oral instructions for a sportUnderstand a lecture on advanced physics
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
88
68
Cancel newspaper delivery by phoneGive instructions to a lost motoristExplain advanced principles of genetics to college freshmen
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
81
55
Call numbers in a bingo gameMake announcements over the loudspeaker at a sports eventGive a lecture to a large audience
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
81
68
Decide what to wear based on the weather reportDetermine the prime suspect based on crime scene evidenceDiagnose a disease using results of many different lab tests
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
81
68
Recognize that an unplugged lamp won't workRecognize from the mood of prisoners that a prison riot is likely to occurRecognize an illness at an early stage of a disease when there are only a few symptoms
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
78
59
Recognize the voice of a coworkerIdentify a former customer's voice over the telephoneUnderstand a speech presented by someone with a strange accent
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
78
64
Know that a stalled car can coast downhillDecide what factors to consider in selecting stocksDesign an aircraft wing using principles of aerodynamics
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
78
63
Understand signs on the highwayUnderstand an apartment leaseUnderstand an instruction book on repairing missile guidance systems
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
75
61
Write a note to remind someone to take food out of the freezerWrite a job recommendation for a subordinateWrite an advanced economics textbook
Category Flexibility
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
66
54
Sort nails in a toolbox on the basis of lengthClassify flowers according to size, color, and smellClassify man-made fibers in terms of their strength, cost, flexibility, melting points, etc.